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Change to believe in

Sillier and sillier all the time. House Democrats have released a resolution saying that climate change could lead impoverished women to turn to prostitution:

“[I]nsecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,” it says.

More broadly, the resolution says climate change will hurt “marginalized” women, such as refugees, sexual minorities, adolescent girls, and women and girls with HIV. It also cites Hurricane Katrina as evidence of how climate change can affect women, noting that the storm displaced “over 83 percent of low-income, single mothers” in the region.

A hot day is a sign of climate change. A blizzard is a sign of climate change. More hurricanes in a season is a sign of climate change, except when it turns out there are fewer hurricanes, which also turns out to be a sign of climate change. Hey, did you hear? Climate change caused Detroit to go bankrupt, tricked Chris Christie into the bridgegate scandal and made TV's The Bachelor choose the wrong woman.

The descent into self-parody continues. Climate change! Insecure women and children hit the hardest.