CNNPolitics: Trump admin doesn't want to talk about climate change

Customers walk near empty shelves that are normally filled with bottles of water after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irma in San Juan

Customers walk near empty shelves that are normally filled with bottles of water after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irma in San Juan

As the focus shifts from recovery to planning for the future, people will undoubtedly focus on climate change.

Southern Texas and southern Florida lie ravaged by record-breaking hurricanes.

At its height, Irma was a huge storm, a high-end Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour. No longer is climate change the exclusive realm of environmentalists and academics. "It's not the approximate cause of the storm, but it makes these bad storms worse".

Global warming is real and getting worse by the year.

The data on how our warming planet specifically impacted Harvey and Irma won't be known for quite some time. The recovery from these catastrophic storms will take months, if not years.

That's because warmer air holds more water.

The current standard-bearer for active hurricane seasons is 2005, which gave us so many named storms that the hurricane center had to switch to Greek letters to keep naming them (they skip the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z because there are few common names that start with them).

NOAA and Unisys have published records of storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans since records have been kept on this phenomenon.

As of September 11, Hurricane Irma is a weakening tropical cyclone. Irma maintained winds of 185 mph or above for a total of 37 hours, the most ever for a storm.

Indeed, it is safe to say, that if we overprepare for climate change and nothing much happens, it will be exactly like training for the Olympic marathon and the Olympics get canceled.

When Harvey and Irma are put in this historical context, we can see that climate change is irrelevant.

No matter what climate experts are saying, they can't change Pruitt's mind.

As the articles and commentaries linking climate change to the severe weather events happening in the United States spread across the internet, so too did stories intending to shut down informed discussion of the issue.

Yet, too often, our political leaders stubbornly refuse to acknowledge what nearly all reputable scientists now believe: that the atmosphere and oceans are warming, and sea levels are rising, in part as a result of human activities - and that these changes present great risks not just far away, but right here. President Trump and his administration has been busy dismantling climate research funding when we need it most. So apparently, talking about climate change in hurricane season is just a "misplaced" waste of time. "This brings it home".

Though place-specific, climate change will have negative effects on much of the country. He said no, adding, "This is not an uncommon occurrence to see storms grow and intensify rapidly in the western Gulf of Mexico".

But Hayhoe said people shouldn't cherry-pick scientific facts or think that their beliefs somehow trump reality.

Hayhoe and other climate scientists say it's important to emphasize their belief that climate change didn't cause Harvey and Irma. Much of that growth has been concentrated near the coast and areas most exposed to violent wind, rain and storm surges. Congress can act, even if Pruitt won't.

If Houston is going to be serious about keeping our city safe from Mother Nature, then we have to make global warming part of the discussion.

"But everything in the atmosphere now is impacted by the fact that it's warmer than it's ever been", Miller said. That's enough water to fill all the NFL and Division 1 college football stadiums more than 100 times over. The ocean is warmer. Although scientific evidence indicating such is now vague, he pointed out that the Atlantic tropical storm Arlene was spotted in April, alarmingly out of season. Especially strong seasonal warming this year combined with the other factors partly relating to natural ocean fluctuations have made conditions ripe for tropical cyclones to form in the Atlantic.

For meteorologists and researchers at the University of Arizona, the recent hurricane activity is what they expected and have been studying with great interest. Deniers say the increasing destruction caused by natural events is just cyclical, not a permanent condition. Such a conversation would be "insensitive" to hurricane victims, he explained.

Hayhoe added, "You can say, 'I don't believe in climate change, ' but the planet is warming, humans are responsible, and the risks are becoming increasingly serious and even risky".