During today’s White House press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta broached the subject of climate change when asking Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert about Hurricane Irma.
Acosta brought up how 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 can pose a problem for future administrations.”
He asked whether the storms are “giving the administration some pause when it comes to the issue of climate change and homeland security.”
“Causality’s something outside of my ability to analyze right now,” he said. “We continue to take seriously the climate change, not the cause of it, but the things that we observe.”
Acosta followed up with this:
“When you see three category 4 hurricanes all on the same map at the same time, does the thought occur to you, ‘Jeez, you know, maybe there is something to this climate change thing and its connection to powerful hurricanes?’ Or do you just separate the two and say, ‘Boy, these are a lot of hurricanes coming our way’?”
Bossert said, “There is a cyclical nature to the hurricane seasons and I thank the scientists for their forecast on this particular one. They were dead on that this would be a stronger and more powerful hurricane season with slightly more than average large storms making landfall… So we’ll have to do a larger trend analysis at a later date.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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