Rush Limbaugh claims there is no heat wave, just a government conspiracy to make us think that it is hot.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “And they’re playing games with us on this heat wave again. Even Drudge. Drudge getting sucked in here. Gonna be 116 in Washington. No it’s not. It’s going to be like 100, maybe 99. The heat index manufactured by the government to tell you what it feels like when you add the humidity in there, 116. When’s the last time the heat index was reported as an actual temperature. It hasn’t been, but it looks like they’re trying to get away with doing that now. 116.”
Rush said this just normal weather, “Drudge is just linking to other people reporting this. He’s not saying it. I don’t want to misunderstand, but he’s linking to stories which say 116 in Washington. No. It’s what 100, 97, 99? It’s going to top out at 102, 103. It does this every year. We have this. There’s a heat dome over half the country. Midwest it’s moving East, and it happens every summer. It happens every summer.”
Limbaugh then joked that if Washington, DC wants to cool down, they should have Al Gore hold a global warming conference there.
According to Limbaugh, the heat wave is all part of giant government conspiracy to make people think that it is hotter than what it is in order to get them to believe that climate change is real. Limbaugh thinks this kind of heat wave happens every year, but it doesn’t. According to the National Weather Service 1,000 heat records have been broken across the United States in the past month.
This heat wave is not the usual summer weather. As far as the heat index is concerned, it has been around since 1979. It is not some new tool to convince people that climate change is real. The heat index is not being substituted for the temperature in news reports. If you go to the National Weather Service’s website and click on a local forecast, the heat index is not even mentioned. The Weather Channel’s website lists both the temperature and the heat index.
There is no vast government conspiracy to make the heat wave seem hotter. This is a real and unprecedented weather event. Since Rush Limbaugh’s political ideology will not allow him to acknowledge that there might be something to this whole climate change thing, he has to explain it away with a silly conspiracy theory.
By the end of the week Rush Limbaugh will be blaming Obama and his top secret weather machine for the heat, because there is no home for reality in the right wing mind.
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