A major American city is once again under water after a huge tropical storm: this time it’s Houston, Texas, the oil industry capital of America. One climate scientist has already said human-caused climate change may have amplified the unprecedented weather event. But is it appropriate to mention climate change amid these kinds of natural disasters? We explore that question on this first of two special episodes with journalist Naomi Klein. She says the attempt to shut down a discussion of climate change amid a natural disaster is a destructive political effort to avoid an urgently needed conversation about how to reduce carbon emissions. She also warns that Republicans may try to turn the disaster into a rationale to further expand fossil fuel development.

 

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