CNN never wastes an opportunity to politicize anything, especially a hurricane.
With Hurricane Ian bearing down on Florida, CNN host Don Lemon brought in a climate change expert to blame the hurricane on climate change. Let's just say it did not go as planned.
“Can you tell us what this is and what effect the climate change has on this phenomenon?” Lemon asked Jamie Rhome from the National Hurricane Center.
“Well, we can come back and talk about climate change at a later time,” Rohme replied. “I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done; there could be a little bit more intensification, as it still is over the warm waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’re gonna get any more rapid intensification. If you look here, you can actually see, pretty interesting for your viewers, you can actually see a second eyewall forming around the inner eyewall, and that’s basically the second eyewall has overtaken the original eyewall, and that should arrest development.”
When Lemon didn't get the response he hoped for, he circled back in another attempt to blame the hurricane on climate change.
"So listen, I just, I’m just trying to get the, you said you want to talk about climate change,” Lemon said. “But what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that is happening now? Because it seems these storms are intensifying. That’s the question."
“I don’t think you can link climate change to any one event,” Rohme said to him. “On the whole, on the cumulative, climate change may be making storms worse, but to link it to any one event, I would caution against that.”
“Okay, well, listen, I grew up there, and these storms are intensifying,” Lemon said while in a state of disbelief. “Something is causing them to intensify.”
This is amazing. Don Lemon tries to blame Hurricane Ian on climate change. NOAA's hurricane director shuts him down. pic.twitter.com/svTjHtE8hl
— Alex Pfeiffer (@__Pfeiffer) September 28, 2022
Hurricane Ian is heading for the gulf coast with winds reportedly as high as 155 MPH.
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