Sanders: It’s “Dumb” Not to Talk Climate Change

By on September 1, 2017
Sen. Bernie Sanders

In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said it would be a grievous error to not at least consider the fact that climate change might have something to do with the trend of superstorms the country has seen over the past several years.

“I think it is pretty dumb not to ask some hard questions about why more rain is now falling, and has fallen in the Houston area, as I understand it, than any time that people can have measured,” Sanders said.

Parts of Texas experienced upwards of 52 inches of rainfall, which is a record for a storm in the U.S. There still isn’t a good estimate on the amount of damage the storm actually caused, either.

Between Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey, the United States has seen two 100-year storms and a 500-year storm within the past 15 years. To not consider the question of whether or not climate change has been the cause of that…well, that’s something that only big oil Republicans could delude themselves into believing.

“Is it related to climate change? Is some of the intensity and the magnitude of this related to Climate change? I think most scientists believe it is,” Sanders went on. “The right question to be asking is ‘what does this mean for the future?'”

What indeed? The current administration surely isn’t going to put much credence into the idea that climate change is a reality, much less the cause of storms like Harvey. The administration has gone to great pains to scrub all climate change data from its websites and has even told its employees not to use the term in any type of official communications. So don’t expect them to use any sort of deductive reasoning now when it comes to linking massive storms to a changing climate.