CNN host Don Lemon was called out on his own show for trying to blame Hurricane Ian on climate change.
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“Can you tell us what this is and what effect climate change has on this phenomenon?” Lemon asked.
But the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration representative wasn’t interested.
“We can talk about climate change at a later time,” he said. “I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost done. There could be a little more intensification…but I don’t think we are going to get any more rapid intensification.”
Lemon, apparently more interested in the political angle of climate change than the hurricane’s immediate threat to Americans, pressed on.
“But what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon because it seems these storms are intensifying,” Lemon said.
But the weather expert pushed back, saying “I don’t think you can link climate change to any one event. On the whole, climate change may be making storms worse but to link it to any one event, I would caution against it.”
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