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Limbaugh to evacuate after calling Irma climate change ploy

Irma and Harvey Schluter celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in Spokane Wash. in March. Credit Jesse Tinsley  The Spokesman-Review Irma and Harvey Schluter celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in Spokane Wash. in March. Credit Jesse Tinsley The Spokesman-Review
Lamar Ellis | 09 September, 2017, 03:50

Rush Limbaugh will be evacuating South Florida, just days after the popular conservative radio host claimed that Hurricane Irma would not hit the United States and that scientists and the liberal media were hyping up the hurricane as proof of their global warming "lie". Make sure you got batteries. "So the media benefits with the panic with increased eyeballs, and the retailers benefit from the panic with increased sales, and the TV companies benefit because they're getting advertising dollars from the businesses that are seeing all this attention from customers". He also suggested that storm warnings were the product of "people in all of these government areas who believe man is causing climate change, and they're hellbent on proving it, they're hellbent on demonstrating it, they're hellbent on persuading people of it". They just plug into some lake or some tap and fill up some water, put a label on it, put it in grocery store and sell it for more than gasoline costs, in many cases. And so, Limbaugh has had to grab his figurative - although for all we know he actually has one - tinfoil hat and move to safer ground. "And the effects in Florida, depending on where, are gonna be damaging", Limbaugh said on his radio show on Thursday.

"Please evacuate as we are now telling you", County Administrator Verdenia Baker said Thursday while urging residents to move to a local shelter or stay with family outside the evacuation zone.

At least 14 people have been killed after Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, thrashed a string of Caribbean islands as it headed towards the US. "All because of climate change".

Which isn't to say that the decision to flee from the path of what is shaping up to be the most devastating natural disaster to hit Florida in a century has somehow softened Limbaugh's stance on climate change.

Um, Rush Limbaugh, you need to like, look, at a few headlines (The Miami Herald is full of coverage, by the way).

"I explained how severe weather events are opportunities for big ratings boosts in the media and explained how it happens", Limbaugh said. "You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic", Limbaugh said Tuesday. "I didn't do any of that", Limbaugh told his listeners. But if, if they are going to approach a hit on the USA, you will note that early tracks always have them impacting a major population center.

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