CNN's Don Lemon had NOAA's hurricane director, Jamie Rohme, on his show to discuss the storm and tried to get the expert to blame hurricane Ian on "global warming."
Yeah, it didn't go well for Lemon.
Lemon: Can you tell us what this is and what effect climate change has on this phenomenon?
Rohme: Well we can come back and talk about climate change on a later time, I wanna focus on the here and now...
Ooh, you just made a big mistake buddy.
Don Lemon doesn't care about the imminent danger to the people of Florida or the particulars of this storm.
He wants to talk about climate change NOW!
Lemon: Uhhhh, I'm sorr — listen, I know that you said you wanna talk about climate change, but what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that is happening now? Because it seems these storms are intensifying, that's the question.
Rohme: I don't think you can link climate change to any one event. On the whole, on the cumulative, climate change may be making storms worse, but to link it to any one event - I would caution against that.
Rohme isn't even going as far as to say climate change is a hoax. He's just saying, yeah, it may be real, but you can't just blame global warming on individual events.
He's trying to be gracious to Lemon, but Lemon can't help himself.
Lemon: Listen, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying. Something is causing them to intensify.
You know all of that common sense and scientific training you got to be a weather expert?
Well, that's nothing compared to Don Lemon's lived experience as a Floridian.
He KNOWS these storms are getting stronger, even as we've had fewer hurricanes this year than we have had in 30 years and had no hurricanes in July and August for the first time since 1941.
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