Getting your weather warnings from Matt Drudge would be like getting your haircare tips from Donald Trump.
You could, but why?
“Drudge Report” founder Matt Drudge is openly questioning whether the federal gummint might be lying or exaggerating the force of Hurricane Matthew (see the irony there?). Reason: to scare the deplorables into rolling over on climate change.
Probable? Possible? Tin-foil hat?
There are two parts to this:
Floridians and other southeastern-dwelling folks absolutely should heed the warnings and skedaddle, if they haven’t already done so. Theirs is neither the time nor place to debate the evacuation. Don’t risk one life to prove a point.
On the other hand, who can deny that basic trust in government and other institutions hasn’t eroded? If Matthew is less than predicted, we’ll be both relieved—and more skeptical. After the danger has passed, what if they cried wolf?
Or what if future disaster relief is tied to a buy-in that hurricanes, floods, blizzards and other anomalies are man-made? Repent and be saved!
As for man-made climate change, it’s the most zealous, fundamentalist religion out there right now—and that’s with some stiff competition.
Its fire-and-brimstone preachers, have cooked books, faked data, fictionalized history and called for the silencing (and even jailing) of non-believers.
Why wouldn’t they take advantage of whatever’s at hand, weatherwise?
In fact, someone is.