Ann Coulter, a right-wing media pundit, took to Twitter on Tuesday to dismiss climate change by instead saying that Hurricane Harvey was more likely caused by the election of Houston's openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, who served from 2010 to 2016.
Experts believe that increased evaporation as a result of climate change allowed Harvey to pick up more water, leading to devastating effects in Houston. The storm was also made more fierce by the fact that water temperatures were unusually high in the Gulf of Mexico.
“This is the main fuel for the storm,” Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research explained. “Although these storms occur naturally, the storm is apt to be more intense, maybe a bit bigger, longer-lasting, and with much heavier rainfalls [because of that ocean heat].”
People were understandably confused that Coulter had denied a fact that the majority of scientists agree on.
How do morons like this get any public voices ? Education , and knowledge completely void— Ottawa Aviation (@OttawaAvSpotter) August 29, 2017
We get it, Ann. Life is difficult when you weren't hugged as a child.— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) August 29, 2017
As a lesbian woman, I can confirm we have Hurricane magic— Tha(is very gay) (@smolsassygay) August 29, 2017
That's got to hurt.