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Climate change activists have rushed to capitalize on the weekend’s deadly tornadoes that wreaked havoc in multiple states as the latest reason to push for their radical Green New Deal solutions, a cynical but predictable response that not only disrespects the suffering of the victims but isn’t based in reality.
The horrific toll of the savage storms that spawned the devastating twisters, one of which destroyed large portions of the town of Mayfield, KY, could reach 100 in terms of lost lives and untold millions in property damage, but the grim news is a golden opportunity for the Biden administration to dial up the fear in order to muster public support for the mammoth “Build Back Better” package that is the centerpiece of his agenda.
Making the case for the administration that climate change is to blame for the catastrophic damage was FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell who talked with anchor Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State Of The Union” where she said that such extreme weather events are the “new normal” and called climate change the the crisis of our generation.”
After discussing the agency’s rescue efforts in Kentucky with the FEMA boss, Tapper asked, “The governor of Kentucky called this the most devastating tornado event in his state’s history, how unusual is it to see a storm this powerful this late in the year?”
Criswell responded, “You know, I think it’s incredibly unusual, we do see tornadoes in December, that part is not unusual, but at this magnitude I don’t think we’ve seen one this late in the year but it’s also historic, even this…the severity and the amount of time this tornado or these tornadoes spent on the ground is unprecedented.”
Tapper followed up, “Scientists warn extreme weather events such as this one happen more frequently as the climate continues to warm. Is your agency, FEMA, equipped to handle this new normal?
She replied, “This is going to be our new normal and the effects we’re seeing from climate change are the crisis of our generation. We’re making a lot of efforts to work with communities to reduce impacts that we’re seeing from the severe weather events and help to develop system-wide projects that can help protect communities and so we’ll continue to work on helping to reduce the impacts but we’re also prepared to respond to any community that gets impacted by one of these severe events.”
Twitter users weighed in on Criswell’s “new normal” claim.
— David ShoelessJoe🇺🇸 (@yohiobaseball) December 12, 2021
“New normal”? As if tornadoes just started destroying property?
— Barbarian Steve (@Redpot86) December 12, 2021
Did idiots blame tornadoes on climate change back in 1925? 🤔 🤦🏿♂️ 🌪 pic.twitter.com/DDw7P3MwsU
— RayRay Williams (@RayRayWilliam18) December 13, 2021
I guess Covid is over since now being told from FEMA Dir., following last nights terrible tornado’s in the Midwest,that this is now the “new normal” and tornados like this are going to be the “crisis of our generation”. Anyone else having difficulty keeping up with the “fears”?
— Dr. Jerry David (@docjdavid) December 12, 2021
the FEMA Director is an absolute idiot that doesnt seem to know shit from shinola
— Jeff H Reynolds – Outspoken Texas Conservative (@JeffHReynolds) December 13, 2021
Criswell’s boss also suggested that the tornado outbreak could be attributed to the effects of climate change, a talking point which will almost certainly be parroted by the media over the next several days as the push to seal the deal on the “Build Back Better” bill intensifies.
Biden after tornadoes and severe weather batter states in the South and Midwest, causing multiple fatalities: “The fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming.”
— Suburban Black Man 🇺🇸 (@goodblackdude) December 11, 2021
A differing and more skeptical viewpoint was expressed by the New York Post Editorial Board which wrote, “From President Joe Biden on down, the usual suspects are already rushing to suggest that last week’s deadly tornados are yet another reason the world needs to do more about climate change. Yet no science supports the claim that tornados or any other form of humanity-threatening extreme weather is on the upswing, let along links the supposed threat to global warming.”
“Fact is, every natural disaster these days — flooding, hurricanes, heat waves, drought, etc. — gets flogged as a reason for climate action, even though the worldwide death toll from extreme weather has been dropping steadily for decades,” the paper added. “It’s just a false talking point that activists push because people buy it, and that the media hype because it racks up clicks.”
The Rahm Emanuel maxim of never letting a good crisis “go to waste” is once again being used by Democrats and their operatives to gaslight Americans into ceding even more control over their personal lives to a government that has already seized vast new powers through COVID and is itching to make the pivot to climate change.
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