As US cleans up from the after effects of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, the strongest storms to hit the US mainland after a period of 12 years. Both come on the heels of Donald Trump’s pompous arguments that climate change is a hoax, is not real, and is not a priority for America. At this juncture of American (political and environmental) history, it is important to ask the president of the US if he continues to believe and stand by his opinion that climate change is not real.
Hurricane Harvey hit the Atlantic claiming 60 lives and forcing thousands to flee their homes. And hurricane Irma made a landfall on Florida’s southern islands. This is the most powerful recorded hurricane in the open Atlantic Ocean, which claimed 3 lives and forced millions to evacuate the state.
The unprecedented environmental surge is almost a re-iteration that climate change is man-made. And is an end result of man-made activities. Hurricanes get their energy from warm ocean waters, these oceans warm up cause of human-caused build-up of heat trapping gases: primarily from the burning of fossil fuels. Global warming also means higher sea levels. Storm surge from hurricanes rides on top of higher seas and infiltrates further into our coastal cities.Despite claims by scientists that prove climate change is real and man-made, US President Donald Trump is of the opinion that climate change is not a priority for the US. He seems determined to lead America backwards and has thus decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. In recent months, the US has witnessed a dismantling of the policies that were introduced by former President Barack Obama. Trump has, on the contrary, embraced policies that could actually increase the risks of climate change. At a time when the country is witnessing heightened damage of climate change, Harvey and Irma are sad reminders that climate change matters.