The Gist

Coal Over Climate

President Trump won’t lift a finger against climate change. He deserves flak over Hurricane Florence.

Floodwaters isolate homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Wednesday.

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Climate change is bigger than any one of us, including the president of the United States. Given his backward policies and denials of scientific fact, he deserves his share of criticism in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Climate scientist Andrea Schumacher explains which aspects of hurricane season can be expected to get worse as the planet warms. Schumacher is a research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

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