Don Lemon suggested that Hurricane Ian is very intense due to climate change altering the strength of recent storms. The NOAA scientist that was on air with Lemon at the time disagreed immediately. He said that climate change may have a cumulative effect on storms as a whole, but it is improper to mention climate change in the context of speaking about one specific storm. However, Don Lemon was not necessarily persuaded to drop the idea of climate change. During this short back-and-forth exchange, Lemon made it clear that politicizing climate change and pushing alternative energy was the purpose of the segment. Altering Floridians about the potential danger from high winds, rain, and catastrophic storm surge appeared to take a back seat.