Hillary Clinton took time off from touring the country to promote her latest book – titled “What Happened” – to chat with the Sacramento Brie about hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Q. What do you think about the hurricane season of 2017?
H: I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you in 2006 there would be consequences. This has been a difficult two weeks for the South and for our country. We’ve seen a heavy assault that left most of Houston underwater and half of Florida without power.
Q. There have been at least 70 deaths in Houston, and now more than 30 arrests in Florida for looting in the wake of Irma.
H. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at Americans over an Al Gore video that I had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable. To us, to me personally, the response to this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great country and to provoke rage against science.
The people of the Gulf Coast did not trade the tyranny of a climate change denier for the tyranny of a climate denying mob.
The storms themselves, and the looting afterward, are spontaneous reactions to a video, and it’s not dissimilar but, perhaps, on a larger and more extreme scale than what we have seen in the past with Hugo, Katrina, or Camille.
Even Bernie Sanders, who worked closely with me during the election, sent me a letter saying – and I quote – “a rise in extreme weather is making climate change harder to deny.” Many other great Americans have offered similar sentiments.
Q: Thank you, Secretary Clinton. One final question. Do you think Harvey and Irma were caused by global warming or climate change?
H: Whether these killer storms and the looting were caused by global warming deniers or climate change deniers, what difference at this point does it make?