A meteorologist took Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to task after she panicked about “climate crisis” during a Thursday tornado warning in Washington, D.C.
Ocasio-Cortez attempted to connect the tornado warning to climate change on social media, but the meteorologist, Ryan Maue, set her straight.
“There’s people stuck outside!” she told her Instagram followers in a video, gesturing to the heavy rain and winds occurring outside. “We need to get them out. This is crazy.”
She also added, “Well, that was something. Alarms went off in the building advising people to seek shelter.”
“Apparently the tornado moved/missed the city so quickly that they ended the warning shortly after,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, adding “apparently this is a thing that happens in the summer here? With increasing intensity?”
The freshman lawmaker went on to share a PBS story that examined a study trying to determine whether climate change worsens the effects of tornadoes. She quoted the piece, writing, “Rather than lie squarely in the Great Plains, America’s tornadoes appear to be sliding into the Midwest and Southeast.”
Ocasio-Cortez told her followers, “Tornadoes are challenging to link to climate change links due to their nature (geographically, limited, acute patterns, how they form, etc.), but we DO know that tornadoes HAVE been changing. They are no longer limited to the Great Plains, and are shifting to other regions of the country.”
“The climate crisis is real, y’all,” she added. “Guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country.”
Maue responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s alarmism, pointing out that she was confusing weather and climate change.
On Twitter, Maue wrote, “The Congresswoman @AOC does not know the difference between weather and climate. Let’s try an easy analogy: Weather is what outfit you wear heading out the door. Climate is your closet wardrobe.”
He also added, “I thought this was fake but it’s from @AOC Instagram story. No idea what she means with ‘casual tornadoes’ and how this line of severe thunderstorms is proof of any ‘climate crisis.’ It’s just the weather in D.C.”