How many friends do you have named Katrina, Andrew or Sandy? Don't you think it's unfair that their names are forever tainted by the deadly and destructive hurricanes that share their names? Maybe it's time to come up with a new naming system for hurricanes and tropical storms. The climate change activist organization 350.org has an idea: why not name these events after climate change-denying politicians such as Marco Rubio, Michele Bachmann and James Inhofe?
Sure, it's a tongue-in-cheek idea, but it gets the point across. In a video produced by ad agency Barton F. Graf 9000, we see newscasters and weathermen bemoaning the destruction from "Hurricane Marco Rubio" and "Hurricane Michele Bachmann," among others. At one point, one of the newscasters says "If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michele Bachmann."
The video, which you can watch below, comes with an accompanying website, Climate Name Change, where you can see which of your Facebook friends share names with recent hurricanes, find out which politicians are the biggest "deniers and obstructionists," and sign a petition to the World Meteorological Association to start naming storms in this manner.
If nothing else, the website will make you laugh. One clip shows refugees who have fled "Congressman Paul Ryan."
Another classic line: "... and now an entire nation is wondering how they will ever recover from the disaster that is James Inhofe." Inhofe, the Republican senator from Oklahoma, has famously (or perhaps infamously) called global warming "a hoax." Other politicians singled out in the video include Speaker of the House John Boehner, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Why go the satirical route? 350 Action's Daniel Kessler told the Minnesota Post, "When you're dealing with the end of civilization every day, you probably have to have some sense of humor about it or you're going to go insane." Minnesota is home to two of the climate-change denying politicians on 350's list, Bachmann and Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.
350.org hopes to have 50,000 signatures on its petition by Nov. 30. As of this writing, the group is almost halfway there.
You can watch the video below, or on the Climate Name Change site, where you can find out more about the denying politicians:
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