Was Hurricane Matthew worse because of climate change? Hillary Clinton and Al Gore appear to think so. The two spoke at Miami-Dade College in the swing state of Florida to a crowd of 1,600, and called for America to take a lead in the global battle against climate change. Clinton spoke of her goal to install 500 million solar panels by the end of her first four-year term, and Gore called for America to take a leadership role in the climate change fight by electing Clinton.
In her speech, Clinton said Hurricane Matthew “was likely more destructive because of climate change.” Higher sea levels and greater sea temperatures only exacerbated the storm, she said. Gore said, “[Hurricane Matthew] spun up from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours. That’s extremely unusual.”
The Washington Post reached out to atmospheric scientist Michael Mann of Penn State University, who said Clinton’s remarks were “absolutely” correct.
Clinton reminded voters Trump is a “climate change denier” who “denies science.” Gore spoke of the “stark” decision America now faces, embodied in the choice of whom to elect president, as one candidate promises to continue Obama’s fight against climate change and the other has denied global warming exists and referred to it as an “expensive hoax.” Gore said, “The world is on the cusp of either building on the progress of solving the climate crisis, or stepping back, washing our hands of America’s traditional role as a leader in the world.”
It could be said Gore lost the 2000 presidential election in Florida, where he lost by around 500 votes. Clinton spoke out to the swing state about the daily realities they face as proof of climate change, such as ocean water “bubbling up through the sewer system.” More on her climate change policy proposals can be found on her website.