Oklahoma Tornado Blamed On Republicans, Global Warming

Patrick Frye

The Oklahoma tornadoes are already being politicized with Democrats blaming Republicans and policies related to global warming.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Oklahoma tornado was politicized by the Daily Show co-creator early on, making bad jokes like, "This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives," and "How long has Obama known about this Tornado?"

Even the Westboro Baptist Church blamed others for the Oklahoma tornado, but that's almost to expected. On Tuesday, Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse blamed the Oklahoma tornado on Republicans and global warming:

"So, you may have a question for me. Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I'll tell you why. We're stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn't just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we're in this together."

To blame the Oklahoma tornado on global warming or climate change is a difficult position to take, since scientists say they "just don't know whether there will be more or fewer twisters as global warming increases. Tornadoes arise from very local conditions, and so they're not as influenced by climate change as much as larger weather systems like hurricanes and nor'easters. They're not easy to incorporate in the large computer simulations scientists use to gauge the impact of global warming."

You can't also say global warming increases events like the Oklahoma tornado because 2012 happened to be the lowest number of tornadoes ever on record. Only 882 tornadoes touched down last year, whereas most years see thousands of tornadoes. So far the number of US tornadoes in 2013 has only reached 231.

What do you think about people politicizing the Oklahoma tornado and blaming Republicans and global warming?