Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh argued on Monday that the National Weather Service (NWS) has been compromised politically, Media Matters reported.
“It’s been a horrible, horrible year for forecasts. And the reason is, if i can cut to the quick, the left has corrupted everything,” Limbaugh argued. “Just like the left has corrupted the ‘professoriate’ — the faculty at major institutions of higher learning — the left has populated all of these bureaucracies. The Department of Commerce runs the National Weather Service, and do not believe that they’re not politicized.”
Limbaugh said that a number of record-breaking storm predictions by meteorologists had already been proven “this year alone,” but did not name any specific instances.
Instead, he mocked the warnings that Hurricane Katrina — which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 — was the precursor to a wave of superstorms fueled at least in part by the planet’s warming climate.
“There hasn’t been a major hurricane landfall in this country in 3,000 freaking days,” Limbaugh said. “[Category] 4, Cat-5 has not happened.”
Limbaugh did not mention that Superstorm Sandy, although considered a Category 3 hurricane at one point, still caused $68 billion worth of damage when it hit the Northeast U.S. in 2012.
Norteastern states like New York, Connecticut and New Jersey were bracing again for damage on Monday, this time from a blizzard which is projected to bring as much of 3 feet of snow in some areas.
But Limbaugh blasted authorities for warning residents to keep safe.
“Part and parcel of liberalism is the nanny state, and to assume that we can’t take care of ourselves,” he said. “The assumption that we don’t know what’s best for us. That we have to be told, ‘Don’t drive’ when the roads are slick. That we have to be told, ‘Make sure you bundle up and put on extra layers if you’re gonna go out if it’s cold.'”
Listen to Limbaugh’s remarks, as posted by Media Matters on Monday, below.