Working to Abet Disasters

Working to Abet Disasters

Eric Cantor and Hurricane Sandy

It is dangerous for the Majority Leader of the House to deny the reality of climate destabilization, when his own state of Virginia is especially subject the impacts of massive storms and a surging sea.  The Majority Leader fails to heed the reports and pronouncements of our own military about the urgency of climate disruption that generals and admirals see worldwide.  The Center for Naval Analysis, for example, has put out a major report about the reality of the problem and measures that must be taken. Cantor refuses to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence because he receives big money from polluters.

Hurricane Sandy was a monster storm, 1000 miles in diameter and fueled by a warmer Atlantic Ocean.  The massive disruption throughout the Northeast was exacerbated because the sea level is about a foot higher in the New York region, thereby enabling the storm surge to reach record heights, spill into Lower Manhattan, and shut down transportation in New York’s subways.

From The Progressive Change Campaign Committee

In March 2011, the House Republicans passed a continuing resolution that included a cut of $450.3 million to the NOAA as compared to President Obama’s requested budget. It also cut the National Weather Service by $126 million and reduced “funding for FEMA management by $24.3 million off of the FY2010 budget, and [reduced] that appropriation by $783.3 million for FEMA state and local programs.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) also famously threatened to delay disaster relief for Hurricane Irene until certain budget cuts were put in place.

Here is Mitt Romney mocking climate change at the 2012 Republican National Convention:

Friends of the Earth Action released this statement with

In the wake of devastating Hurricane Sandy, which scientists say was exacerbated by climate change, Governor Romney’s belittling attempt at humor during the Republican National Convention seems anything but funny

“Sandy is without question the October Surprise of 2012, and it has pushed climate change to the forefront of a campaign where it was previously almost entirely absent,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts. “As families recover and voters head to the polls, we want the American public to remember this cold fact: less than two months before sea level rise devastated New York City with more powerful storm surges, Governor Romney laughed at the very notion of rising seas.”

”Governor Romney’s mockery of climate change wasn’t funny during his Convention speech, and now rings deathly hollow as we watch the human pain and suffering caused by Superstorm Sandy,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth Action. “Superstorm Sandy is the wake-up call for all politicians: We are entering into a ‘new normal’ that requires leadership and forethought, not ignorant mockery.”Climate scientists agree that global warming pollution was a key factor in fueling the storm, which is still causing misery for millions of Americans. The death toll from this historic disaster exceeds 100 lives in the Caribbean and the United States.

Thousands of participants in the campaign have been leading the charge against the presidential candidate’s climate silence for months. But in the final week of this election, the most powerful climate messenger turned out to be the harrowing reality of a freakish Frankenstorm. Because of sea level rise and superheated oceans from global warming, the storm surge swept over the Atlantic coast, including New York City, with unprecedented intensity, causing an estimated $50 billion in damage and lost economic activity. The tragedy of Hurricane Sandy has made it crystal clear: it’s time to end the climate silence.