Posted 11 months ago on Aug. 27, 2013, 9:03 p.m. EST by WSmith
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Brilliant proposal: Name hurricanes after obstructionist [REPUBLICON] lawmakers
Aug 27, 2013, 12:19 AM USA/ET - http://grist.org/climate-energy/brilliant-proposal-name-hurricanes-after-obstructionist-lawmakers/
by Jess Zimmerman,
Activist group 350 Action doesn’t just stand up for the climate — it stands up for innocent people named Andrew, Sandy, and Katrina. Why should those names be tarnished? Instead, we should be naming severe weather events after their biggest sponsors and fans: climate-change-denying lawmakers who obstruct environmental policy reform.
The results are pretty hilarious — I especially like “if you value your life, please seek shelter from Michele Bachmann.” No doubt!
We don’t see the associated petition going anywhere, but the video really brings home the direct relationship between destructive climate policy and destructive climate events. And it includes the line “Senator David Vitter is turning out to be one of the hugest and costliest disasters in American history,” which many have said before, but rarely with these production values.
HURRICANES SHOULD BE NAMED AFTER MICHELE BACHMANN AND MARCO RUBIO, SAYS 350 ACTION
Barton F. Graf 9000 has teamed with climate crisis activist organization 350 Action to propose an unconventional solution to addressing our environmental woes. The new campaign features this video directed by Furlined's Ted Pauly that poses a very interesting question to the World Meteorological Organization: Why are hurricanes--with all the havoc they wreak--given perfectly nice people names?
The effort suggests an alternative moniker system--one that, if embraced, would serve as a kick-in-the-pants for lawmakers to take action: Name them after the policy makers who deny climate change. Thus, says the video, future hurricanes would bear titles like Hurricane Marco Rubio, Hurricane Michelle Bachman or Hurricane Rick Perry. A website invites people to petition to the WMO to put such names in the future lineup.
The campaign represents a bit of branching out, stylistically, for Barton F. Graf 9000, which until now has been best known for its signature kooky comedic style, for the likes of Dish, Little Caesars and Kayak.