Noted non-climatologist and self-confessed non-scientist Joy Behar wants to name hurricanes like Irma and Harvey after right-wing talk radio hosts and GOP politicians who deny climate change's effects on hurricanes.
“Really, what bothers me,” Behar said. “People are saying like Pruitt, the head of the EPA, is saying 'this is not the time to discuss global warming.' You know, when is the time? When the waters are over your head? When is the time exactly?”
“This is the time to discuss it,” she said, “Scientifically, from what I understand, I'm not a scientist — I don't even play one on TV — but I understand that the heat is creating warm waters in the oceans, in the gulf, wherever ... and that is contributing to the intensity of storms like Irma, why this is the worst storm we've seen, etc.”
“It has to do with climate change. People who deny that, they should start naming all of these hurricanes after — Hurricane Limbaugh, Hurricane Pruitt, Hurricane Palin, Hurricane Trump,” she concluded.
The problem is that actual scientists won't even make the leap in logic, as a CNN host found out with Bill Read, the former director of the National Hurricane Center Bill.
The issue is that despite rising carbon dioxide levels, there is no marked increase in tropical cyclone force, according to hurricane expert Ryan Maue.
The strongest hurricanes to hit the U.S. in the nation's history occurred decades ago, such as Hurricane Camille in 1969, which had 190 mph winds upon landfall. Hurricane Patricia is the strongest tropical cyclone on record with verified 215 mph winds. Most of the deadliest were in the late 19th and early 20th century, such as the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
It would behoove talking heads like Joy Behar to go further than provide a disclaimer that “I'm not a scientist.” They also need to have another disclaimer: “I don't know the basic facts.”
Watch the clip below.