Everyone’s favorite “fake news” purveyor, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, decided to make Monday’s White House press briefing into a three-ring circus, with himself as the clown.
This time, Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert was the victim of Acosta’s antics as the CNN correspondent dived into his wacky climate change conspiracy theories by first noting that the Obama administration “saw a connection between climate change and Homeland Security and that the frequency and intensity of powerful storms like Harvey and Irma could pose a problem for future administrations.”
WH press conference is now a shrill attempt by loons like CNN's Acosta to make two tragic storms about climate change…no concern about USA
— david w. thompson (@dwthompson1945) September 11, 2017
Acosta then somehow juxtaposed “FEMA budgets that can’t keep up with the demand” of “powerful storms” with the fact that President Trump saved the United States a boatload of money by pulling out of the Paris Climate accord.
“You could have a FEMA budgets that can’t keep up with the demand when you have powerful storms hitting the country,” Acosta said. “Is that something that you think this administration should take a look at? We know the President pulled out of the Paris Climate accord. Are these storms giving this administration some pause when it comes to the issue of climate change and Homeland Security?”
Of course, he failed to mention the fact that President Trump, you know, saved the United States a boatload of money by pulling out of said Paris Climate accord.
But as far as so-called man-made climate change goes, Bossert did the best he could do under the circumstances:
“I was here in the 2004 cycle of hurricanes four in six weeks that hit Florida,” said Bossert. “I think what’s prudent to us right now is to make sure that those response capabilities are there. Causality is something outside my ability to analyze right now.”
In other words, this sort of thing runs in cycles and we had a similar cycle 13 years ago.
Acosta tried again:
“Yeah just to follow up on that, when you see three category 4 hurricanes all on the same map at the same time, does the thought occur to you that, geez, you know, maybe there is something to this climate change thing and its connection to powerful hurricanes or do you just separate the two and say boy, these are a lot of hurricanes coming our way?”
To which Bossert responded, “Well, I don’t know if I said either, but there is a cyclical nature to a lot of these hurricane seasons and I thank the scientists for their forecast on this particular one. They were dead on that this would be a stronger and more powerful hurricane season with slightly more than average large storms making landfall in the United States, so we’ll have to do a trend analysis at a later date.”
Cyclical. So no, it’s probably not a great idea for the United States to go back to the Stone Age and leave China and India alone to pollute the globe at will.
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