Speaking in a weekly radio podcast, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee claimed climate change activists were in part to blame for those New Orleans residents who did not evacuate before Hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive storms to make landfall in the United States.

“As governor one of the worst things I had to deal with was natural disasters, not just preparing for the destruction from the violent weather but also convincing people to take the threat seriously and get out of the path of danger,” Huckabee said. “I understand the natural impulse to stay and defend your home, but you can’t fight a flood. The people of New Orleans had plenty of warnings to evacuate because Hurricane Katrina might land a direct hit, but many choose to stay anyway.”

“I can’t help thinking, one reason they ignored warnings of dangerous weather from real experts is that they’ve heard from so many self-proclaimed experts who were exaggerating to advance their own agendas,” Huckabee continued. “If they didn’t learn in kindergarten that it’s bad to cry wolf, you’d think at least they’d know that with great power comes great responsibility. That they could have learned from reading Spiderman comics.”

“Only the church of environmental apocalypse keeps making doomsday predictions and when they fail to come true, takes credit for their own alarmism for preventing the catastrophe,” Huckabee said, comparing climate activists to religious cults.