Do Hurricanes Help Local Economies in the Long Run?

"Mr. Bossert, the previous administration saw a connection between climate change and homeland security, in that the frequency and intensity of powerful storms like Harvey and Irma could pose a problem for future administrations", Acosta said. A few years ago, I contributed to a report for the Risky Business Project, a bipartisan group set up to assess economic impacts of climate change.

"Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states", Long said.

While Hurricane Harvey gave the most attention its attention to Texas, the whole nation may feel affects from the disaster in the form of a temporary hike in gas pricing. Seventy-eight percent of tropical storm days and 96 percent of major hurricane days happen during this time.

South Florida has always been considered ground zero for some of the most severe impacts of climate change, as sea level rise and coastal flooding meet decades of unchecked development. After devastating several Caribbean islands earlier this week, the monster storm is expected to regain strength make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday. Harvey has been the most expensive weather disaster in American history.

With destruction and death-toll tallies on the rise, scientific evidence points to climate change for intensifying these storms. In an interview with far-right commentary website Breitbart News, Pruitt slammed the "opportunistic media" for what he sees are misplaced attempts to explain why Hurricane Harvey resulted in record rainfall, storm surges, and severe flooding. The 2005 hurricane season, which saw three named storms make landfall, carried a almost $200 billion price tag with it.

Under Pruitt's direction, it's doubtful the EPA will heed scientists' advice to prepare for the consequences of climate change. We talk with News 88.7's education reporter Laura Isensee about HISD's plans and what Superintendent Richard Carranza had to say at a press conference. And Hurricanes Jose and Katia formed behind it. All over the country, we're asking you to be prepared.

MR. BOSSERT: Well I don't know if I say either, but I do note that there is a cyclical nature of a lot of these hurricane seasons.

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