The viral video, posted in late August, has brought political satire to the debate on climate change, outing skeptics in Congress and causing a stir.
By Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News
Sep 10, 2013
The video (screenshot seen here) offers a glimpse of a world in which hurricane storms are named after climate denier politicians, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.
A funny video that calls on the World Meteorological Organization to name hurricanes after climate deniers in Congress has struck a chord, or a nerve, with people around the world—going viral in the two weeks since it was first posted on YouTube.
“We are knocking at the door of 2 million views of the video in around one week—more than we could have hoped or expected for,” Daniel Kessler, media campaigner for 350.org Action Fund, the climate activist group behind the viral video, said last week.
But the video has done more than generate views and cause a laugh. It has sparked over ten thousand comments on YouTube and other social sites debating the scientific evidence about climate threats and the merits of poking fun at climate science doubters—with slightly more than half favoring the video.
“Awesome video,” wrote one YouTube commentator. “In a perfect world this [naming system] would be true.”
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