Is it insensitive to discuss climate change during a hurricane?
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Is it insensitive to discuss climate change during a hurricane?

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNN that now is not the time to discuss climate change and doing so would be "very insensitive" to the millions who've been devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But science shows that climate change is contributing to the increased strength and frequency of hurricanes. If we can't discuss climate change when it is wreaking havoc on the globe, when can we discuss it? These trends will only continue. What do you think?

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Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh say environmentalists are taking advantage of these disastrous storms to push their agenda. "Here's the issue," Pruitt told CNN in a phone interview:

"To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced."

But many think Pruitt's attitude is ridiculous, not to mention self-serving and dangerous. They say he was appointed to the EPA to defend the interests of the fossil fuel industry, which directly contradict protecting the environment and human lives. 

The science is in: climate change doesn't cause hurricanes, but it does make them bigger, more frequent, and more devastating. Curtailing the conversation about it will only result in loss of more coastline, property, and lives.

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms in recorded history and caused the biggest evacuation in U.S. history (nearly 6 million people). Hurricane Harvey broke the rainfall record for a single tropical storm or hurricane in the continental United States, fulfilling all meteorological predictions that it would be “unprecedented” and “catastrophic.” Pruitt's critics say we need real talk about why this hurricane season has been so devastating, and that there is nothing "insensitive" about trying to prevent future death and destruction.

Environmentalists say this is the natural result of having science deniers running the federal government. There will never be a time when Pruitt wants to discuss climate change because it doesn't serve his interests to do so.

But plenty of people (including President Trump, who appointed Pruitt) believe climate change is a hoax, and think we should be focusing on helping victims of the storms, not discussing the causes of the hurricanes. If you don't believe climate change exists, there's probably never a good time to talk about it. As Scott Pruitt said,

"All I'm saying to you is, to use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to this people in Florida."
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