Could We See Superstorm John Boehner Coming our Way Soon?

Environmental group petitions to name hurricanes after climate change deniers like Boehner or Marco Rubio.

The environmental group petition 350 Action is urging the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to name hurricanes after policy makers who deny climate change.

The campaign entitled, “Climate Name Change”, released an accompanying video, which features prominent politicians who are skeptical of climate change such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Washington Post reported.

The video includes satirical news bulletins that could result from the proposed naming system, such as: "If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michelle Bachmann" or "thousands of animals have been displaced or killed by Governor Rick Perry."

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The success of such a campaign is dubious considering that the WMO rarely adds a new name into the pre-set list of names that is rotated every six years. Moreover, the fact that only first names are used generally to identify storms and that names are retired if a hurricane is especially deadly presents additional obstacles for the campaign to be successful.
However, the viral campaign itself brings attention to the climate change deniers who continue to set U.S. policy.

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.