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With Hurricane Ian dominating news coverage as it descends on Florida, some figures from MSNBC, CNN and ABC took the time to criticize the governor. Ron DeSantis, R., and warn about the effects of climate change in The Sunshine State.
On Tuesday, far-left MSNBC anchor Joy Reid suggested that those temporarily leaving the state under hurricane evacuation orders are no different from migrants crossing the border in search of work in the US.
“It’s kind of ironic now that Floridians may have to cross the borders and go north and out of the state of Florida in the exact same crisis that we’ve been trolling about in that state for a long time.” she said.
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He added that DeSantis should be careful about “attacking people who have to move for their own lives and safety,” because you never know when your own people will have to do the same. Reid also joked that the emergency situation in Florida will force DeSantis to do more than “own the liberties.”
Commentary on the storm continued on “The 11th Hour” with host Stephanie Ruhle, who opened a segment with a scathing critique of DeSantis on climate change, as well as the state of the housing and insurance markets in Florida.
“Florida Governor DeSantis has made more headlines for ruthlessness than for governing lately in a state where the real estate and insurance market has all but collapsed as insurance companies have closed or abandoned the state altogether.” Ruhle said. “Climate change is making storms bigger and more costly, while Florida’s Republican legislatures are largely ignoring the threat altogether.”
On Wednesday, DeSantis also caught the attention of ABC’s “The View,” with the panel mocking and criticizing him as he appealed to the federal government and other states for help.
Whoopi Goldberg reacted to an interview with DeSantis and agreed that he and the president should put aside their differences and try to help the people of Florida. But, as Goldberg tried to convey a message of political civility, co-host Joy Behar stepped in.
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“Isn’t it socialism when the government helps you?” Behar smiled.
Sunny Hostin then chimed in, adding that Republicans seem to think so 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 while doing her best to look scared.
Moments later, Behar read a note quoting DeSantis stating that he was not among the people he considered “global warming leftists.”
“This is what he thinks about climate change and now his state is being hit by one of the worst hurricanes it has ever seen,” Behar fumed.
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Discussions about climate change have also spread in the last two days on CNN.
During a back-and-forth on climate change, CNN’s Don Lemon was shut down by Jamie Rhome, who serves as the acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center.
Speaking about forecasters’ concerns that Hurricane Ian could enter “another period of rapid intensification,” Lemon asked Rhome what effect climate change 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 now. There could be a little more intensification as it’s still over warm waters.” east of the Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’re going to have a more rapid intensification,” Rhome said.
“Listen, I’m just trying to understand, you said you wanted to talk about climate change. But what effect does climate change have on this phenomenon that’s happening right now? Because it looks like these storms are intensifying. That’s the question.” Lemon said. she asked.
Rhome responded that he didn’t think climate change could be linked to any one event, saying that while climate change in general can make storms worse, he cautioned against pointing to single events directly linked to a change in Earth’s climate.
“Listen, I grew up there and these storms are intensifying, something is causing them to intensify,” Lemon said.
CNN Chief Weather Correspondent Bill Weir also spoke about climate change while reporting in his raincoat as high winds and rain lashed him and the surrounding area of Punta Gorda, 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 implement a “climate adaptation plan” after the impact of Hurricane Charlie in 2004.
“This will be the test,” Weir added. “However, it’s hard to build power lines or building codes for a 17-foot storm surge. That’s the crazy variable here right now. No one has ever seen that. So we don’t know what that looks like. But this is exactly what Climate scientists have been warning about for a long time, and now we can see it up close.”