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Human megaphone and recovering pill-popper Rush Limbaugh took the the radio waves Tuesday to lambast the villainous mainstream media for creating panic in the approach of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm expected to hit the Caribbean Wednesday before turning toward Florida, where Limbaugh lives.

The National Hurricane Center—a government agency staffed by actual scientists—is calling the storm "potentially catastrophic." Limbaugh, whose only qualification is being part wind storm himself, dismissed Irma as a big ol' conspiracy theory drummed up to benefit local television stations, the bottled water industry, and, of course, the climate change industrial complex. He said:

There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t even need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent, and bigger, and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.

Now, how do you do this? Well, any number of ways. Let’s take south Florida television, for example. There is symbiotic relationship between retailers and local media, and it’s related to money. It revolves around money. You have major, major industries and businesses which prosper during times of crisis and panic, such as a hurricane, which could destroy or greatly damage people’s homes, and it could interrupt the flow of water and electricity. So what happens?

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Well, the TV stations begin reporting this and the panic begins to increase. And then people end up going to various stores to stock up on water and whatever they might need for home repairs and batteries and all this that they’re advised to get, and a vicious circle is created. You have these various retail outlets who spend a lot of advertising dollars with the local media. The local media, in turn, reports in such a way as to create the panic way far out, which sends people into these stores to fill up with water and to fill up with batteries, and it becomes a never-ending repeated cycle. And the two coexist. So the media benefits with the panic with increased eyeballs, and the retailers benefit from the panic with increased sales, and the TV companies benefit because they’re getting advertising dollars from the businesses that are seeing all this attention from customers.

While Limbaugh publicly appears to a member of the climate-change-is-a-Chinese-hoax school of thought, he is apparently willing to believe when it comes to his own property. In 2015, a Florida gossip blogger reported that the professional shouter agreed to let the Army Corps of Engineers store sand on his $50 million Palm Beach compound in order to control erosion connected to sea level rise and climate change.

God forbid Irma is actually as dire as the National Hurricane Center predicts. But if it is, one would be forgiven to hoping Limbaugh records his next show in several feet of water.