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What They’re Saying: Too Soon To Talk Climate Change?

by Countable | 9.13.17

Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Wildfires in the west. Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Across all of these natural disasters, there’s been a topic that’s been on the lips – and tweets – of many: climate change. Some have said now’s the time to discuss it, others have said it’s "too soon." Here’s a roundup:

This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the E.P.A. and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change. If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is truly, truly a poster child for what is to come.

—Tomás Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami, in the Miami Herald


To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced. To use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to this people in Florida.

—Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to CNN


When asked by White House reporters if the hurricanes are related to climate change, President Trump didn't answer and walked away:


It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that the left is exploiting Hurricane Harvey to try and advance their political agenda, but it won’t work. When everything is a problem related to climate change, the solutions no longer become attainable. That is their fundamental problem.

—Thomas Pyle, who led Trump’s transition team for the Dept. of Energy – The Guardian


Stevie Wonder, who is blind, during Tuesday’s cross-network and cross-platform airing of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief:

Why are we waiting to acknowledge the effects of climate change?I am reminded of a phrase from the Old Testament, from the Psalm: 'Man is stupid.'"

—Pope Francis, on a recent flight from Colombia, to reporters – BBC News

What do you think? "Too soon" or is now the time to discuss climate change? Hit Take Action, tell your reps to get moving – or stay silent – on climate change, then let us know below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: SlobodanMiljevic / iStockphoto)

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  • SeanS
    09/13/2017
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    Now is the time to discuss climate change. As an American citizen, I urge you to further review America’s unsustainable energy practices and call attention to those that destroy the environment, and to the legislators I expect dismantlement of these detrimental programs. Do your part in keeping the world safe for the next generation. They need it.

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  • Cindylen
    09/13/2017
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    This is a perfect time to talk about climate change. We need to have someone leading the EPA who understands accepted science.

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  • Nicole
    09/13/2017
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    If not now, when? Should we delay until the next disaster that costs us billions of dollars and irreplaceable human lives? This is the time. How many consecutive seasons of "hundred year" or "five hundred year" storms do we endure before waking up and addressing this issue? Innocent lives are at stake, the economy is at stake, and our basic way of life is at stake. Who better than our great nation to lead what will probably be the greatest societal and technological shift since the industrial revolution?

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  • Joan
    09/14/2017
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    Too soon? I honestly hope it's not too late.

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  • RishiGandhi
    09/13/2017
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    It is never too late to discuss climate change! This is real. It's been happening and we're going to keep feeling the effects. Pruitt is a fool!

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  • SouthernGal
    09/13/2017
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    Pruitt is a corporate shill. It's almost too late to start this convo. The right time was 20-30 years ago! Now is better than never. Stop Pruitt & trump from dismantling all environmental protections. Staff up the EPA & FEMA with experts, not corporate whores.

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  • Judith
    09/13/2017
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    The history of the scientific discovery of climate change began in the early 19th century. By the late 19th century, scientists argued that human emissions of greenhouse gases could change the climate. Certainly by the 1960's & 1970's the warming effect of carbon dioxide gas had become increasingly convincing. By the 1990's, due to improved computer models & observational work, a scientific consensus formed, agreeing that greenhouse gases & human-caused emissions were causing discernible global warming. In other words, we have had good data & evidence of climate change for decades. IT IS NOT TOO SOON TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE YOU TROGLODYTE IDIOT.

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  • NoHedges
    09/13/2017
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    They don't care about climate change because it the devastating effects will not be realized during their lifetime! If we want leaders with a more connected world view then WE MUST VOTE LEADERSHIP INTO OFFICE THAT WILL STILL BE ALIVE. ✅ Increase intergenerational equity above party lines, race, creed, and color. ❗️The middle and lower socioeconomic brackets must stand together and not let media manipulation create cultural chasms. #bornafter64

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  • Kodiwodi
    09/13/2017
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    It's way past time to talk responsibly about climate change and the effect it's having on weather events. Denying and forbidding the use of the words, and appointing flat earth science deniers is just plain irresponsible and extremely costly. You can't run from this or pretend it's not happening. Floods and hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes just don't give a good gosh darn how rich you are. Unless you start facing this problem head on, you'll die just like the rest of us.

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  • Maryjane
    09/13/2017
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    We are watching Climate Change in real time. To those blah, blah blah Deniers: try a new approach, Educate yourselves!

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  • TwentyOne
    09/13/2017
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    Without global warming there'd be no hurricanes then yeah? Lol... still no evidence that carbon dioxide increases temperatures, the earths climate is just constantly changing and it's currently in a warming period which is way better than a cooling period, which will end up helping agriculture greatly.

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  • Paolo
    09/13/2017
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    The unbelievers of climate change, for all the variety of selfish stupidity they are able to scavenger, will always be in denial of this reality unfolding under their eyes, no matter how much scientific data might be provided. There is only one way to address the problem, to put in charge the right competent people.

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  • Abbi
    09/13/2017
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    The time is now, the time was yesterday, the time was ten years ago, the time was twenty years ago... time is running out.

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  • HockeyGuy
    09/13/2017
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    Yeah right, wait until the planet is uninhabitable before we do something! The time is now for talk, and the time for action is tomorrow!!! JUST DO IT, NOW!!!

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  • Anton
    09/13/2017
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    The GOP standard answer. Gun control, healthcare crisis, wage disparity, now the environment, too soon may have been 50 years ago, it's too late for these conversations! We need action, not blow hard dodging from a party that sold their souls. Act, or be quiet, your time for consultation and argument is long since past.

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  • Kristian
    09/14/2017
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    Climate change is so real!! And it really will hurt us. Too much carbon in the air heats up the atmosphere which heats up the planet which melts the ice bergs which causes receding coastlines among other things. It'll take more than a couple dozen years but it will get us in the end if we don't start doing something about it now.

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  • Harry
    09/13/2017
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    Immediatly after a terrorist attack we discuss measures to improve security. What is the difference? Environmental impacts as well as future development projects needs to focus on potential risk and human involvement and impact. Put into law the The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard!

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  • Nancy
    09/13/2017
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    There is no time more critical than right now to discuss and implement solutions to the world's biggest problem that affects both health and safety

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  • Truly
    09/13/2017
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    Hurricanes? Too soon to discuss climate change. School shootings? Shouldn't politicize with gun control. Massive oil/chemical disasters? Reduce regulations. Police killing black people? Blame the victim. See a pattern? Because if one Muslim commits a crime, the "right" won't hesitate to condemn and ban them all. Take the bribe money from lobbyists out of politics, they are just paying politicians to look away.

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  • Jake
    09/13/2017
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    Climate change has been occurring for millenniums. We are always undergoing a climate change, there have been ice ages and warm ages, to think our generation is absent from climate change is preposterous. The claims that they are completely man-made is also preposterous. Should we contribute to the suspension of our race amidst this climate change? Yes. Should we blame other parties for catalyzing this event? No. To talk is completely harmless, even to act, might be harmless. Do so appropriately.

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