The environmental group 350.org has launched a new campaign called Climate Name Change that proposes a tongue-in-cheek revision to how hurricanes are named.
The environmental group 350.org has launched a new campaign called Climate Name Change that proposes to revise to how hurricanes are named: call them, the groups says, after policymakers who say that humans are not to blame for global warming.
This will save the Katrinas and Sandys of the world from the injustice of having their names attached to major disaster, the group says. And, as a bonus, it will produce some peculiar weather reports.
“Rick Perry leaves trail of death,” scrolls a line under a broadcast titled “Rick Perry: The Tragedy.”
“Michelle Bachman is incredibly dangerous. If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michelle Bachman,” says an official in another segment, addressing a news conference.
“David Vitter is turning out to be one of the hugest and costliest disasters in American history,” says another newscaster, before the video cuts to a windbreaker-clad reporter getting knocked around as “David Vitter” flings boats out of the water.
Finally, act now, urges the video, “before John Boehner blows your entire city away.”
As of this morning, the group had 7,709 signatures on its petition, short of its goal of 25,000 by Nov. 30.
The campaign is unlikely to sway the World Meteorological Organization, the wing of the UN that has since 1954 named Atlantic tropical storms from a an official list. The organization, which did not put men’s names on its list until 1979, is not too lenient about deviating from its single name roster, which this year includes the names “Flossie,” “York,” and “Octave.”