Many Americans won’t make that connection with extreme weather because most media reporting doesn’t contain the words “climate change”.
Six of the biggest commercial TV networks in the US – ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and MSNBC – ran 774 stories about Hurricane Ida from 27 to 30 August, an analysis by the watchdog group Media Matters found. Only 34 of those stories, barely 4%, mentioned climate change.
The vast majority of news coverage chooses climate silence, not climate science.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined others in linking the climate emergency to the nation's growing inequality.
"Many of these deaths occurred in basement dwellings, many of which are illegal and growing in number due to the unaffordable housing crisis, but do not meet safety standards required to keep people safe in incidents like flash floods," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "These are working class, immigrant, and low-income people and families."
Once more the Green New Deal is being again being promoted as an answer to this global phenomenon. A lot more than some legislative palliatives is required.