There might soon be a push to punish those who don’t believe in climate change or who are skeptical of global warming’s ability to have created hurricanes such as Harvey and Irma, according to the Washington Times.

However, this threat hasn’t discouraged some climate scientists like Judith Curry, who argued that Irma, which hit Florida as a category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled largely by “very weak” wind shear and that the hurricane intensified despite Atlantic Ocean temperatures that weren’t unusually warm.

These kinds of deniers could soon be hauled off before the Justice system if these climate change fanatics have their way.

“Climate change denial should be a crime,” declared the Sept. 1 headline in the Outline. Mark Hertsgaard argued in a Sept. 7 article in the Nation, titled “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us,” that “murder is murder” and “we should punish it as such.”

Climate skeptics have taken note of the alarming trend. “Ever since Hurricane Harvey, the global warming-hurricane hysteria has ratcheted up to levels I haven’t seen since 2006,” said Ms. Curry.

Some take the sign that the heightened tensions between climate scientists and climate change deniers is because the global warming narrative is losing steam with the public and policymakers, says Climate Depot’s Marc Marano.

“‘Activists have been frustrated with record number of polar bears, no acceleration of sea level, the Pause, no trends or declining trends in extreme weather and the public’s apathy,’ said Mr. Morano, whose book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change” is slated to be released in February.

‘Trump has added to all of that, and we are now seeing them blow their gaskets in frustration,’ he said.”

Trump has said that he plans to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and with two large hurricanes blowing into the US, both have piled on to the anger that global warming supporters are using to fuel their angry fire.

Even White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert had to deflect a question at Monday’s press briefing about whether Harvey and Irma were caused or made worse by man-made climate change, saying that “causality is outside of my ability to analyze right now.”

“I will tell you that we continue to take seriously the climate change, not the cause of it, but the things that we observe,” Mr. Bossert said. “And so there’s rising floodwaters — I think 1 inch every 10 years in Tampa — things that would require prudent mitigation measures.”

Even Pope Francis has fallen into the climate change trap saying that two category four storms are proof of catastrophic climate change, even though they are the first two major hurricanes to make landfall on the U.S. mainland in 12 years.

“An analysis by Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach found that the latest hurricanes weren’t unprecedented in terms of their power upon making landfall in the U.S.  His chart showed that Irma made landfall in Florida at 929 mb, or millibars, tying it for the seventh most powerful storm to hit the mainland since record-keeping began in the 1850s.  In Texas, Hurricane Harvey ranked 17th at 938 mb, placing it in a three-way tie with an 1898 Georgia hurricane and Hurricane Hazel in 1954.”

The push for persecution for climate deniers comes even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concluded that it is “premature to conclude that human activities — and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming — have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or tropical cyclone activity.”

On a different side, billionaire Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines, who rode Irma out on his private island in the British Virgin Island, says that the hurricanes are evidence of man-made global warming.

The air pressure graphic should prompt global warming activists to take a deep breath, said Watts.

“With Irma ranked 7th, and Harvey ranked 18th, it’s going to be tough for climate alarmists to try connecting these two storms to being driven by CO2/global warming,” Mr. Watts said in a post. “But they’ll do it anyway.”

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.