(News Busters) On Saturday, climate change again became a source of blame for Hurricane Harvey and its path of destruction along the Texas coastline as it moved inland where it has since dropped biblical-like amounts of flooding in the Houston area. Two hosts on CBS and MSNBC invoked climate change, without taking into account things like steering currents.
Mid-Saturday afternoon, MSNBC Live host Thomas Roberts brought on Aerisweather founder Paul Douglas to promote this claim seconds before a press conference by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R).
“So, the demotion from a category four to a tropical storm really hasn’t stopped the threat of what is going on historic rainfall, more than 40 inches predicted and leaving nearly 300,000 people without power currently. Could climate change be fueling the history-making nature of this storm? It’s a question a lot of people are wondering,” Thomas claimed.
Douglas began stating his approval, but was cut off by the press conference. Nevertheless, Douglas returned later in the hour and after a discussion of the rainfall totals and where Harvey could rank among the worst hurricanes ever, climate change returned.
Roberts set Douglas up again:
Paul, as we don’t want people to be fooled again by the downgrade and the severity of what it means for the rain and the historic flooding over the next couple of days, but bigger picture, explain why this could be more to do with climate change.
Douglas finally laid out what Roberts wanted, explaining that “a warmer climate is now flavoring all weather, Thomas.”
He conceded that Harvey “would have formed regardless,” but still found a way to shoulder the blame on climate change…