ACCORDING TO BRADY: Is this what a changing climate looks like?

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"Absolutely", said CNN senior meteorologist Brandon Miller, who has studied global warming for more than a decade. When asked if 2017 could be as bad as 2005, he would only offer a pensive, "I hope not".

Fowles said he believes the US government may spend at least $15 billion in hurricane aid.

Now, while the world is watching Trump and his band of denying fools squirm, is the flawless time to force them into action. The only question is to what degree.

"More than 90% of the people doing the research are in very good agreement about what's going on", Sublette said.

The most damaging part of Harvey wasn't the Category 4 winds - it was the rain that dropped as it stalled out and moved slowly over Houston, Beaumont and other heavily impacted cities before moving into Louisiana. We will be entering El Nino again (and) so seeing storms actually form. During Harvey and Irma, dedicated channels were set up so those in the storms' paths and emergency workers could get instant updates. As they say, he's stuck on stupid - a fact that no lesser luminary than Pope Francis acknowledged last week when he addressed climate change.

There's a scientifically accepted method for determining if some wild weather event has the fingerprints of man-made climate change, and it involves intricate calculations. In these states, the implications of accepting climate change are understandably alarming - more alarming, evidently, than even two Category 4 hurricanes. According to another source, extreme heat waves account for more deaths than hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and earthquakes put together.

There are established linkages between a storm's severity and factors such as sea levels, ocean temperatures and the position of prevailing currents such as the jet stream.

This, he showed, could only be caused by global warming.

Republican Mayor Tomás Regalado blasted Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who said last week that talking about climate change in connection with hurricanes Harvey and Irma was "misplaced" and "insensitive".

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We might also expect people in general to be less willing to support policies meant to mitigate the problem of climate change than policies meant to help their localities adapt to global warming. And I'm confident they will do so - unless their work is hampered by political hacks.

To their credit, Newsweek has also run pieces discussing the link between climate change and stronger storms, but their decision to run this Cato piece is dangerously irresponsible, especially at this moment in time. Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo saw Miami flooding and heard his constituents demand action, so he responded by forming the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus with Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch.

But because the GOP cynically positioned itself as anti-science, times of trial can (BEG ITAL) never (END ITAL) be the right time to talk about climate change. There were ten major storms hitting the United States of America in 1941-1950, nine in the 1951-1960 time frame, with 6 in the 1920s, 7 between 1911-1910, and four from 1901-1910. From our president on down, we trust our leaders and scientists when they describe this phenomenon.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday, commenting on the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. But the rest of the nation can't wait for him to grasp reality.

And maybe Trump doesn't get the fact that the rest of the world recognizes both the environmental and the economic benefits of clean energy technologies. From where I stand, it's a moot point.

There couldn't be a better time than now to persuade Americans to demand that the United States rejoin global efforts to slow and reverse world-wide catastrophes that will make these two hurricanes pale in comparison.

The Trump administration should at least be insisting that coastal communities in Texas and Florida be rebuilt taking climate change into account.

As climate experts continue their discourse, however, serious damage may result at some future date if steps are not taken to halt the trend of extreme weather events.