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With Hurricane Ian dominating media coverage as it descended on Florida, some figures on MSNBC, CNN and ABC were slow to tear Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., and warn of the effects of climate change on The Sunshine State.
On Tuesday, far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid suggested those temporarily leaving the state under hurricane evacuation orders were no different than migrants crossing the border in search of work. in the United States, connecting it to the DeSantis waterfall sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. .
“It’s kind of ironic now that you may have Floridians who have to cross the border and go north and out of the state of Florida in the exact same crisis that we’ve been talking about for a long time in the fishing industry. hangs out in this state,” she said.
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She added that DeSantis should be careful of “attacking people who have to move to save their own lives and safety” because you never know when yours may have to do the same. Reid also joked that the emergency in Florida will force DeSantis to do more than “own the libraries.”
Commentary about the storm continued on “The 11th Hour” with host Stephanie Ruhle, who opened a segment with a scathing critique of DeSantis hitting on climate change, as well as the state of the housing market and insurance in Florida.
“Florida Governor DeSantis has made more headlines for cruelty than governing lately in a state where the real estate and insurance market has nearly collapsed as insurance companies shut down. or left the state altogether,” Ruhle said. “Climate change is making storms bigger and more costly, while Republican legislatures in Florida are completely ignoring the threat.”
DeSantis also caught the attention of ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday, with the panel mocking and slamming him as he called on the federal government and other states for help.
Whoopi Goldberg reacted to an interview with DeSantis by agreeing that he and the president should put aside their differences and try to help the people of Florida. But, as Goldberg tried to deliver a message of political civility, co-host Joy Behar stepped in.
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“Isn’t it socialism when the government helps you? Béhar smirked.
Sunny Hostin then chimed in and added that Republicans seem to believe him when it comes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
“Yeah, and the fire department has to come, and the police, I mean socialism,” Behar said, doing her best to look scared.
Moments later, Behar read a notecard of a DeSantis quote in which he said he was not among the ranks of people he considered “global warming leftists.”
“That’s how he feels about climate change and now his state is being hit by one of the worst hurricanes they’ve ever seen,” Behar fumed.
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Talks about climate change have also been airing for the past two days on CNN.
During a back-and-forth on climate change, CNN’s Don Lemon was stopped by Jamie Rhome, who is acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center.
While talking about meteorologists’ concerns that Hurricane Ian could be entering “another period of rapid intensification,” Lemon asked Rhome what effect climate change has had.
“We can come back and talk about climate change later. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost over. There could be a bit more intensification because it’s still over the warm waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’re going to get any faster intensification,” Rhome said.
“Listen, I’m just trying to understand, you said you wanted to talk about climate change. But what effect is climate change having on this phenomenon that’s happening right now? Because it looks like these storms are step up. That’s the question,” Lemon said. asked.
Rhome replied that he did not believe that climate change could be linked to any particular event, and said that while climate change as a whole could make storms worse, he cautioned against naming events singular as directly linked to a change in the Earth’s climate.
“Look, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying — something is causing them to intensify,” Lemon said.
CNN Chief Climate Correspondent Bill Weir also spoke about climate change while reporting in his rain jacket as high winds and rain battered him and the surrounding area of Punta Gorda, in Florida.
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Weir started with a bit of history, noting that the coastal city was one of the first in Florida to put in place a “climate adaptation plan” after the impact of Hurricane Charlie in 2004.
“That will be the test,” Weir added. “It’s hard to build power lines or building codes for a 17-foot storm surge, though. It’s the crazy variable here right now. Nobody’s ever seen that. So we don’t know how to what it looks like. But that’s exactly what climate scientists have been warning for a long time, and now we can see it up close.”