Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post Editorial Board accused President Trump of being “complicit” for the potential damage that Hurricane Florence will inflict on parts of the country because refuses to believe in climate change.

In the editorial, the Post cites a paper by Kevin Trenberth, a climate researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, who co-wrote a paper in May that said that Hurricane Harvey-which devastated Houston last year was the result of unusually warm Gulf of Mexico water that fed the hurricane.

“Harvey could not have produced so much rain without human-induced climate change,” wrote Trenberth.

That was all the Post needed to blame Trump.

Yet when it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks. 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.

The editorial then cited scientific warnings about climate change and said that ” human-caused sea-level rise encourages higher storm surges and fewer natural barriers between water and people,” and lamented Trump’s environmental policies and accused both the president and the GOP of “reality denial.”

With depressingly ironic timing, the Trump administration announced Tuesday a plan to roll back federal rules on methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the main component in natural gas. Drillers and transporters of the fuel were supposed to be more careful about letting it waft into the atmosphere, which is nothing more than rank resource waste that also harms the environment. The Trump administration has now attacked all three pillars of President Barack Obama’s climate-change plan.

The president has cemented the GOP’s legacy as one of reaction and reality denial. Sadly, few in his party appear to care.

Apparently, the Post thinks Trump can control the weather like the man behind the curtain controlled the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz.

The reality is that it’s wildly inaccurate to blame every major storm on climate change as the media is prone to do, but it provides a convenient excuse to further their climate change agenda.

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