September 12, 2017
White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Monday that it was beyond the scope of his abilities to determine what caused Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which made landfall in the United States in the past two weeks, and Hurricane Jose following behind in the Caribbean.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Bossert to weigh in on whether the Trump administration should look at the link between climate change and the two most recent storms to hit the United States.
“The previous administration saw a connection between climate change and homeland security and that the frequency and intensity of powerful storms like Harvey and Irma could pose a problem for future administrations. You could have FEMA budgets that can’t keep up with the demand when you have powerful storms hitting the country,” Acosta said.
“Is that something that you think this administration should take a look at? We know that the president pulled out of the Paris climate accord. Are these storms giving this administration some pause when it comes to the issue of climate change and homeland security?” he asked.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:45 am