“Apparently it’s ‘insensitive’ to talk about climate change when hurricanes have devastated large areas of the southern states of the US,” writes Ben Chu in the Independent. “…
But in fact the people who really don’t want to talk about climate change at this moment are those who claim it’s not actually happening.
Therefore, he argues, let’s not worry about “the sensibilities of the science deniers, the ideologues, the vested interests, the charlatans and the cynical wreckers. Let’s worry about capitalising on this teachable moment to drive down carbon emissions and forestall the destruction that a considerably hotter world threatens for all of us.”
The Trump administration’s reconstruction of Houston and Florida will squander billions of taxpayer dollars in its plan to rebuild from superstorms Harvey and Irma due to their rejection of climate science.
Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, who told reporters the administration does not take seriously the “cause” of climate change. “I will tell you that we continue to take seriously the climate change — not the cause of it, but the things that we observe,” Bossert said. “But the problem is that if you don’t take seriously the cause — human activity and carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels — then your rebuilding plan will be blind to the reality that the change is only going to accelerate,”