Texas Tech University

Trump and the RNC ignore the biggest crisis of all

Washington Post

August 26, 2020

Washington Post - Across the United States, there are signs of climate disaster. In California, two of the worst wildfires in the state’s history took place simultaneously, scorching more than a million acres of land, including a beloved forested national park. On the Gulf Coast, residents of Louisiana and Texas braced for an unprecedented double-hurricane event churned up by exceptionally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico — the first luckily petered out at sea, but the second, Tropical Storm Laura, is predicted to make landfall late Wednesday after leading to deadly floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

"We've known for a long time that simply communicating scientific facts is not enough to spur what science shows is the correct or rational behavior," Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher at Texas Tech University, told my colleague Sarah Kaplan. "Climate scientists were probably the least surprised people in the world when the response to the coronavirus became politically polarized. Because that's what we've been living through for 30 years."

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