Former Obama Adviser Uses Hurricane Harvey To Attack GOP On Climate Change

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

Former White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes used the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to Texas as an opportunity to attack Republican “denial” of global warming.

Rhodes wondered how the GOP would tell future generations about its position on global warming. Former President Barack Obama made similar statements when giving speeches on global warming.

Rhodes is a regular critic of the Trump administration, and recently became the focus of a congressional investigation into the Obama administration’s improper “unmasking” of Americans caught up in surveillance.

The former adviser is now taking aim at Republicans for opposing Obama-era policies aimed at curbing global warming.

Democrats have often linked individual extreme weather events to manmade global warming, despite warnings from scientists that doing so is problematic.

Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, the first to hit U.S. shores since Hurricane Charley in 2004. The storm brought record levels of rainfall to the greater Houston area and thousands have been forced out of their homes.

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