As millions of Americans brace for the oncoming storm, the Washington Post took advantage of the perilous situation for political points.
Its staff editorial, headlined “Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit,” blamed President Trump for Hurricane Florence.
“He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks,” the editorial board writes. “It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth’s systems to produce disasters.”
Meanwhile, the White House has been mobilizing federal resources to help prepare for Florence’s landfall and approved emergency declarations for states in its path, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Under Trump’s leadership, the Department of Health and Human Services pre-positioned more than 560 personnel to support health and medical needs, with multiple teams in North and South Carolina. FEMA has created 6 Incident Support Bases in North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia and Alabama readily supporting the needs of affected states. The United States Coast Guard has also pre-staged forces in the affected region, including 58 personnel, 4 response boats, 10 Flood Response Boat Teams, 13 Incident Management Assistance Teams, and 17 National Strike Force teams.
Instead of attempting to capitalize on natural disasters for political points, perhaps the Washington Post should spend time pondering why so many Americans were frustrated with the crony capitalism so rampant within the green energy sector and by the developing world’s — particularly China’s — refusal to play fair on matters of energy and the environment.