New Yorkers face a difficult recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that those who choose to maintain the belief that the storm was not in part influenced by climate change seem to be deliberately denying an apparent truth.
Gov. Cuomo made the remarks during an interview earlier today with an Albany talk radio station, and the governor said that not only has extreme weather been the new norm in New York, but that State and City residents should brace for more of the same as super storms like Sandy seem to occur ever more frequently.
Cuomo spoke to how these events, once counted as unique and shocking, are occurring with alarming frequency, and said:
“There has been a series of extreme weather incidents. That is not a political statement, that is a factual statement. Anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think is denying reality.”
Cuomo also indicated that the costs of recovery following Sandy for both New York City and other coastal New York regions would be significant, adding:
“The cost of the government response here is going to be staggering… The flooding in downtown Manhattan was really extraordinary and unlike anything I had seen…. In some ways, the startling revelation has yet to come [when floodwaters dissipate and reveal damage.]”
The governor also observed that what used to be called a hundred-year flood now seems to occur every other year, and added that he suspects the death toll will rise because “[doesn’t] believe we’ve found everyone yet.”
Do you agree with New York’s governor that events like Sandy are undeniable proof of climate change?