NBC meteorologist Al Roker criticized conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Twitter for suggesting concern related to hurricanes was intended to advance a political agenda regarding climate change.
"Do not listen to @rushlimbaugh when he says #Irma is not a dangerous #storm and is hype. He is putting people's lives at risk," Roker tweeted on Wednesday.
"To have @rushlimbaugh suggest the warnings about #Irma are #fake or about profit and to ignore them borders on criminal. #ShameOnRush," he added.
Roker's criticism was prompted by statements Limbaugh made on his radio show Tuesday.
"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," Limbaugh said. "You don't 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."
Limbaugh then stated there is a "symbiotic relationship" between retailers and local media, pointing to how when media begins to report on a coming hurricane, people start to panic and in turn, purchase water and other supplies to prepare for the storm. Limbaugh said this cycle was all related to money and as a result, businesses prosper in times of panic.
In response to Roker's remarks, Limbaugh maintained he did not call Hurricane Irma ‘fake."
"I don't think any of these people actually listen. They probably got an out-of-context, erroneous report of things I didn't say yesterday and tweeted that I'm a hurricane denier," said Limbaugh, the Hill reported. "Which, by the way, does that prove that these people are using the storm to advance the climate change agenda?"