It’s should come as no surprise that a campaign stop in Florida prompted Hillary Clinton to blame climate change for the hurricane that slammed into the state last week.
Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday in Tampa, the Democratic presidential nominee warned of the “threat” of climate change and the “havoc” being wrought by weather that reportedly caused Hurricane Hermine.
“Another threat to our country is climate change,” she said. “2015 was the hottest year on record, and the science is clear. It’s real. It’s wreaking havoc on communities across America. Last week’s hurricane was another reminder of the devastation that extreme weather can cause, and I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hermine.”
Yet Hermine, which made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast, was the first hurricane to strike the region in over a decade. And as far as hurricanes go, Hermine peaked as a category one storm – the lowest level of strength for a hurricane – before weakening and heading out into the Atlantic Ocean.
“But this is not the last one that’s going to hit Florida, given what’s happening in the climate,” Clinton continued ominously. “Nobody knows that better than folks right here in Tampa and in the broader region. Sea levels have been rising here about an inch per decade since the 1950s. At the rate we are going, by 2030, which is not that far away, $70 billion of coastal property in this state will be flooding at high tide. And whenever our infrastructure is threatened, so too is our homeland security.”
Of course, Clinton promised that she was the candidate of choice in the battle against climate change.
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