WARMISTS HOPEFUL: ‘COULD HURRICANE HARVEY DEAL A FATAL BLOW TO CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICISM?’


By: - Climate DepotAugust 28, 2017 2:02 PM

A growing body of research suggests that perceptions of climate change are influenced by experience with climate-related natural disasters.
A damaged home is seen after Hurricane Harvey passed through on August 26th, 2017, in Rockport, Texas.

A damaged home is seen after Hurricane Harvey passed through on August 26th, 2017, in Rockport, Texas.

(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Hurricane Harvey, the strongest storm to make landfall in the United States in more than a decade, is leaving a brutal mark on the Texas Gulf Coast.

And the irony, of course, is that it’s the voters who helped inject Trump’s climate skepticism into the federal government who will endure the brunt of the consequences, despite believing otherwise. A June study in Sciencefound that southern and mid-Atlantic states—Trump-leaning places like Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Mississippi—could experience GDP losses of up to 28 percent, lower productivity, lower agricultural yields, and increases in mortality rates as a result of climate-related weather events through the end of the century.

Should all that happen, a legislative agenda that leans heavily on climate skepticism probably won’t look too appealing to voters.