Hurricane Dorian continues to loom off of Florida’s coast and recently weakened to a category 2 storm but Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Dorian is “what climate change looks like.”
Several people were killed in the Bahamas when the storm peaked as a category 5, devastating the Caribbean country, and several people have been reported missing. As rescue teams continue to assess the damage the hurricane caused, this figure may rise.
ABC News reports:
Dorian first slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5, the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.
The storm hovered over the archipelago’s northern islands for nearly two days, leveling dozens of buildings, flooding roads and submerging an airport.
At least seven people were killed on the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas, where the storm made landfall.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis took an initial air tour of the devastation on Tuesday but said authorities haven’t been able to make a full assessment on the ground yet. He described the islands as “decimated” and the destruction “unprecedented.”
Sharing a video of the storm’s devastation, the congresswoman said the storm unfairly targets the poor and “hits vulnerable communities first.”
“This is about science & leadership. We either decarbonize and cut emissions, or we don’t and let people die,” she continued in the tweet.
This is what climate change looks like: it hits vulnerable communities first.
I can already hear climate deniers screeching: “It’s always been like this! You’re dim,” etc.
No. This is about science & leadership. We either decarbonize&cut emissions, or we don’t & let people die. https://t.co/paUHKAp03e
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 3, 2019
The Washington Times reports several people called the congresswoman out for her confusing a single storm—regardless of the destruction it caused—with “climate change.”
From the report:
“Where are all the journalists who mock politicians for confusing weather and climate now? This is no better than a politician like Trump declaring that global warming is fake because of a cold streak, but AOC gets a pass because she has the right views,” lamented Twitter user “AG Conservative.”
Added Baylor Cook, the Content Director for the Trump Students Twitter account: “BREAKING: Hurricane hits coast first like it has for all of human history. Stop using a tragic event to push your climate change extremism. Your loud, ignorant assertions makes it hard to have an *actual* conversation on how to realistically address climate change.”
The tendency to invoke one instance to argue for a larger and more broad point has is becoming a staple of the congresswoman, the report continues:
It’s also not the first time Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has blamed global warming for a specific and very precedented piece of weather.
In May, she blamed a tornado warning in Washington, D.C., on how “the climate crisis is real y’all … casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country.”
Because we didn’t have hurricanes until we started talking about climate change…🤔 https://t.co/SlyFmQdOKU
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) September 4, 2019