Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hurricane losses could exceed USD200 billion

Hurricane losses could exceed USD200 billion

"We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 billion, among the costliest hurricanes of all time", said Joel N. Myers, president of forecasting firm AccuWeather.

Whilst Hurricane Irma caused much less disruption to the oil and gas industry, Hurricane Harvey hit the heartland of the sector located onthe Texas Gulf coast, bringing much of it to a standstill. They were dead on that this would be a stronger and more powerful hurricane season, with slightly more-than-average large storms making landfall in the United States.

While some people who experience extreme weather events are more likely to support climate adaptation policies, IU public and environmental affairs professor David Konisky's study finds other factors go much further in explaining support. Pruitt has denied scientific evidence claiming man-made carbon dioxide emissions are a contributing source to global warming. And most of the global warming has occurred since the 1970s, with 16 of the 17 years this century setting records for warmth. When he was called on he wanted to know whether the administration would admit that climate change had something to do with the devastation.

Monday, Bossert said the Trump administration is mindful of predictions of future floods and doesn't want federal dollars used to rebuild structures that will come under increasing threat from rising sea levels.

The reality is that this is the same president whose EPA scrubbed climate change data from their websites.

We must start using renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and not depend on fossil fuels anymore. And it's clear that effort will not be easy. But what are the bill's chances are in a GOP-dominated Congress?

Trump's tweet says churches should be treated "just like others", which could be seen as the opening salvo toward a new standard where secular non-profits and religious organizations are treated the same when it comes to deciding who gets federal disaster relief funds. We have to speak more vigorously in letters to editors and lawmakers, at demonstrations, at municipal meetings by urging resolutions, and even with consumer boycotts.

The US Supreme Court ruled recently in the Trinity Lutheran case that religious outfits have a right equal to secular nonprofits to benefit from such programs.

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