Of the many downsides to a violent hurricane, one of the most annoying - and, perhaps, enduring - is that its arrival over the Caribbean once again prompts fanatics to feed into the global warming hoax.

Hurricane Irene doesn't contain nearly as much hot air as the environmentalist crowd hell-bent on stifling an already beleaguered American manufacturing sector. Yet that crowd insists that warmer ocean temperatures feed hurricanes, making them more intense and more frequent.

The problem is that there exists no credible scientific proof correlating a rise in ocean surface temperatures and the heightened prevalence of tropical storms. What does exist is plenty of proof of the hypocrisy of environmentalist fanatics.

For example, when the world discovered that perennial windbag Al Gore had one of the largest carbon footprints in his home state of Tennessee, reasonable people expected the sobering news to quell the hysteria surrounding the so-called global warming phenomenon. If only we were so lucky.

After all, when the man who stands in a cherry picker in order to exaggerate climate change data is, in fact, a user of fossil fuels par excellence, we have trouble believing any of his warnings and anti-business chastisements. We assume Gore simply had a difficult time getting over his loss to George W. Bush and was looking for something useful to do.

The Inconvenient Truth star fails to acknowledge an inconvenient truth of his own: That his extravagant globe-trotting translates into countless millions of gallons of jet fuel being burned each year and belched into the atmosphere.

Then there's the fact that prominent scientists were discovered to have cooked up data to support their global warming hoax. Instead of apologizing and admitting their diabolical agenda was false, they soldiered on in a manner befitting Dr. Evil of the Austin Powers movies.

Here's what is really happening: More people live in the direct paths of hurricanes and in low-lying areas where developers have filled in and thrown up cheaply made housing at a record pace. That's a recipe for increasing the severity of natural disasters. Ask anyone who lives in the California desert about if wildfires are doing more damage than ever before. See if they're able to connect the fact that if you build more houses where wildfires naturally occur, more homes will burn.

Sadly, Hurricane Irene's high-profile path is fueling a renewed round of the global warming hoax. We hope this crack environmentalist movement is on the path to extinction.