Can you still deny climate change after the eventful hurricane season?

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Can you still deny climate change after the eventful hurricane season?

The effects of climate change in the world.

The effects of climate change in the world.

The effects of climate change in the world.

The effects of climate change in the world.

Larry Ukenye, Editor

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With the amount of cataclysmic natural disasters that have taken place in 2017, many people still deny climate change and see it as more politics instead of discussion about humanity. As sea levels rise across the world, it remains to be seen what major governments of the world will do as hurricanes and other natural disasters are expected to get worse and worse.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma have devastated major U.S. states Florida and Texas. These hurricanes have led to major flooding, damaged infrastructure, and have cost the U.S. government billions in aid. They have also damaged U.S. territories in the Caribbean as well as damaging oil reserves in Texas.

The disastrous aftermath of the 2017 Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Many Americans have responded by donating to the victims of these hurricanes, but it seems there will be many darker days ahead. Millions of residents in Florida still don’t have power and parts of the Caribbean are experiencing massive water shortages.

As hurricane season winds down and the rebuilding process begins, many wonder if seeing back-to-back hurricanes will become a yearly occurrence. While many conservatives believe that hurricanes are just a fact of life we can’t control, that argument can be debated. Rising sea levels have contributed to storms being worse with their impact mainly threatening coastal cities.

Many considered Hurricane Harvey to be a once in a generation type of storm. But many researchers have concluded that storms like Harvey might be the norm from now on.

Hurricanes are mainly created by heat that is within ocean waters. As the global temperature of the Earth continues to rise, scientists predict that such storms will not only get bigger, but happen more frequently. If hurricanes like these were to happen more frequently, the debate arises whether or not it would be wise to redesign cities impacted by hurricanes.

The Trump Administration continues to pivot away from environmental issues like climate change, whether or not he decides to be environmentally conscious could end up hurting the American economy.

Countries like China have already begun the process of banning the sale of fossil fuel cars as well as pivoting completely to cleaner sources of energy. America’s exit from the Paris Climate Agreement by President Trump would actually cost the U.S. 2.7 million jobs by 2025 and hurt foreign investment in American companies.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey might just seem like unpreventable natural disasters that we can’t do anything about, but that idea is false. Our actions of neglecting climate change have not only made our environment worse, but could end up damaging our economy. As the Trump administration continues to go “lead” our country, it seems our situation is going to get worse unless bipartisan agreements can be reached in Congress for the good of all Americans.