Sunday Shows Largely Fail To Mention Climate Change In Hurricane Irma Coverage

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While they all might be written off as natural disasters, Bob Ward - policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and also at the London School of Economics and Political Science - lay the blame on Trump.

Thousands of Miami residents are among more than 6.3 million Floridians who have been ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irma charges toward the state ― potentially the largest evacuation in USA history.

Inslee argued that it was "likely" and "fair" that global warming increased the strength of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which broke records for rainfall and windspeed, respectively.

He wrote in an article in the Guardian: "The president's luxurious Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida may escape Irma's wrath, but with the deaths of so many Americans, and billions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, the costs of climate change denial are beginning to pile up at the door of the White House". The reluctance to discuss climate change on this week's Sunday news shows follows a pattern that seems to be getting even worse. "This is the time that the president and the [Environmental Protection Agency] and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change", Regalado told the Miami Herald.

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"I don't want to be political but the fact of the matter is that this is a lesson that we need protection from nature", he said. "So, I think this is a lesson for the people to say you know what?"

Damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could cost the USA economy as much as $290 billion, a new forecast estimates. "We have to be prepared".

"We're one of the most economically rich countries in the world and yet to be at the very back the caboose - not even on the caboose - of the worldwide train is an global embarrassment and an environmental disaster in the making if we don't reverse this course", said Inslee, also invoking the history of United States leadership against fascism and communism in his effort to emphasize the consequences of failing to address climate change.

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