Just days after dismissing panic over oncoming mega-storm Hurricane Irma as nothing more than an agenda-driven effort by climate change believers to demonstrate that global warming is having an immediate and catastrophic impact on our planet, sentient mashed potato snowman Rush Limbaugh admitted that, yes, he’d actually be evacuating his home in South Florida after all.
ThinkProgress was the first to notice the comments. “May as well… announce this,” Limbaugh said during his Thursday radio show. “I’m not going to get into details because of the security nature of things, but it turns out that we will not be able to do the program here tomorrow.”
“We’ll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown,” he promised.
“Tomorrow it would be, I think, legally impossible for us to originate the program out of here,” Limbaugh added, before lamenting that he wouldn’t be able to attend a scheduled “private movie screening” of the forthcoming American Assassin that evening. Poor guy.
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. As he told listeners on Wednesday:
All I did was remind everybody that there are people throughout levels of government that believe in climate change, it’s an emotional issue, and they look at for any evidence they can to prove it and they go nuts with it — and that’s exactly what’s happening here. Remember, big hurricane. Al Gore said after his first book, after Hurricane Katrina, “We’re gonna have these things all the time and they’re gonna get worse and worse and worse ’cause of climate change!” We went 12 years without a single one hitting the United States. Well, now, two of them are hitting and they can barely contain themselves. They want to be right, and so they’re milking this. They’re milking it for all they can get out of it.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, there were a dozen hurricanes affecting the United States between Katrina in 2005, and 2016—the last complete hurricane season on record.
But, as Rush is quick to point out: he’s “not a meteorologist.” He is, however, completely full of shit.