Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said that he thinks the climate crisis is no more than just “a lie” designed to “politicize” weather.
“Nobody Intelligent Can Deny the Impact of the Climate Crisis
DeSantis commented while responding to a reporter’s question about what he thought about President Joe Biden’s statement that “nobody intelligent can deny the impact of the climate crisis, anymore” that Biden made while assessing the damage caused by the hurricane.
In his response, DeSantis noted that storms have hit Florida in the past and that the “notion that somehow hurricanes are something new” is “just false.”
“This area, the Big Bend, got hit by a storm, almost the same track in 1896 with 125 mile per hour winds. So the idea that we’ve not had powerful storms until recently, that’s just not factually true. And so when they, that’s the first thing they want to say, you have to ask, why are they trying to politicize the weather?”
“Stop Politicizing the Weather and Stop Politicizing Natural Disasters”
“We’ve got to stop politicizing the weather and stop politicizing natural disasters,” he said. “We know from history, there have been times where it’s been very busy in Florida.”
The Florida Governor said there were “a lot of hits of significant hurricanes” in the late 40’s, early 50’s.
DeSantis’ comments starkly contrast with Biden’s comments during his visit to Live Oak. The president toured the Big Bend region in Florida that Hurricane Idalia has ravaged that made landfall on Taylor County as a Category 3 storm last week.
Look Around the Nation and the World for That Matter
“Nobody can deny the impact of climate crises – at least nobody intelligent can deny the impact of climate crises anymore. Just look around the nation and the world for that matter,” Biden said. “Historic floods, intense droughts, extreme heat, deadly wildfires that have caused serious damage that we’ve never seen before.”
Biden talked to DeSantis before he visited Florida, promising the Florida Governor that the Sunshine State would have “full support” of the federal government as it continues to clear the aftermath of the natural disaster.
An Increase in Severe Weather Events
Deanne Criswell, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) didn’t say that the recent Florida storm was caused by climate change.
However, she noted that the agency has seen an increase in severe weather events.
DeSantis didn’t meet Biden during his stop in Florida, raising questions from many in both political parties.
Some thought that being next to the US president on the same stage would be politically perilous for DeSantis, who stands on the opposite side of the spectrum from Biden on many issues like immigration, abortion rights and gun control.
An Ambitious Goal To Cut U.S. Emissions in Half by 2030 From 2005
Biden made climate change one of the centerpieces of his White House campaign. He set an ambitious goal to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030 from 2005 and implement bigger tax credits to incentivize electric vehicles to lower emissions.
Biden, who is struggling with low approval rates, is still considered the Democratic Presidential frontrunner, while DeSantis is trailing former President Donald Trump by double digitals in some states, according to recent polls.
Trump Has Built a Formidable Lead Thanks to His Loyal Following
After briefly pausing his campaign after the deadly shooting in Jacksonville, which claimed three lives, and Florida’s Hurricane Idalia, DeSantis returned on a campaign trail, as he is seeking to reinvigorate his presidential campaign and differentiate himself from other well-known Republican candidates, including former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and Former Vice President Mike Pence.
As DeSantis is trying to build his case that he is the best candidate for the Republican Party, Trump has built a formidable lead thanks to his loyal following. His strong polling has not been affected by his ongoing legal woes and the fact that he could face multiple legal trials before the end of the campaign.
The Hurricane Has Caused Between $12 and $20 Billion in Damage
The storm wreaked widespread damage and flooding on several small towns in the rural wooded area of northwest Florida before it moved toward Georgia. More than 450,000 people in Florida and Georgia lost their power.
The hurricane has caused between $12 and $20 billion in damage, according to the findings from Moody’s Analytics – the most destructive hurricane in 2023.
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Source: Florida Politics