Green Party: ‘Hurricane Harvey is the latest alarm bell on climate change’


WASHINGTON, D.C.Green Party leaders are calling Hurricane Harvey the latest alarm bell on global warming and said that President Trump and Congress must make solving the climate crisis the nation’s top priority.

Greens expressed sympathy and solidarity with people in Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana who are suffering the effects of the hurricane and have lost homes, belongings, and loved ones.

Green Party of the United States

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Scott McLarty, Media Director, 202-904-7614,

Talking points on the storm, global warming, and Green solutions

Texas Greens urge support for frontline relief efforts

“Along with providing relief to those affected by Harvey, we need a reversal of the U.S. political establishment’s irresponsible direction on climate change. The only solution to the crisis is a Green solution,” said Wesson Gaige, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas.

Texas Greens are urging support and donations to several frontline relief organizations: visit and The Green Party of the United States held its 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention at the University of Houston.

The Green Party listed talking points on Hurricane Harvey, climate change, and Green solutions:

• The severity of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it wreaked in Houston must be recognized as an effect of climate change and an indication of similar and worse disasters to come. The planet’s climate functions as a system: there are no isolated storms, all weather is affected by global warming. The Trump Administration’s rejection of science is already having deadly consequences.

• Although rainfall from Harvey is unprecedented, 2017 is the city’s third year with severe flooding. The disaster in Houston is one of many floods around the world that have displaced tens of millions this summer, with more than 1,000 deaths in South Asia.

• Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is urgently necessary, otherwise increasingly unstable weather and the rise of sea levels promise a future of Katrinas, Sandys, Harveys, mass population displacement, and global social breakdown in the coming decades. Working class communities, the poor, and people of color are facing the worst effects. The only solution is a rapid conversion from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

• The Green Party has called for 100% renewable energy by 2030. To achieve this goal, Green candidates are promoting the Green New Deal, a plan to reorganize the U.S. economy, expand the public sphere, and create millions of new jobs in conservation and energy conversion.

• The Green Party has compared global warming to the global threat posed by the Axis powers at the beginning of World War II and has called for U.S. leadership in a worldwide alliance to end the crisis that includes peaceful cooperation with currently perceived enemies like Russia and Iran.

• ExxonMobil and other companies that knew about the reality of climate change placed oil refineries and other toxic sites in flood zones. In the wake of Harvey, their irresponsibility resulted in a toxic brew that is now spreading over hundreds of square miles and contaminating water tables. Two explosions and fume injuries were reported Thursday morning. The poor and people of color who live in affected areas are suffering the most harm. State and local governments in Texas have refused to undertake any preparation or enact regulation in the face of predictable emergencies.

• Only the Green Party is taking the climate crisis seriously. Greens said that a political field limited to two parties, both of which accept money and influence from the fossil-fuel industry, has become a threat to future generations.

Republicans, led by President Trump, continue to deny that the crisis exists and are dismantling environmental regulations and agencies, including the EPA, even as the need for these agencies and for regulation has grown. Republicans are likely to use Hurricane Harvey to call for more drilling and refineries.

The Green Party has condemned President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change.

Democrats acknowledge the crisis but won’t take necessary action. The Obama Administration made sure that the Paris accords were not legally binding and President Obama boasted of increased oil production.

Hillary Clinton and her representatives kept carbon taxes, a ban on fracking, and other measures out of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.

Green Party leaders said that the “100 by ’50 Act” (Senate Bill 987) introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.) and Bernie Sanders (Ind.-Vt.) was “too little, too late” in light of warnings from scientists about the severity of the crisis.

See also:

Water Contamination a Concern After Hurricane Harvey
Bloomberg, August 28, 2017

We’re Nowhere Near Prepared for the Ecological Disaster That Harvey Is Becoming
By Charles P. Pierce, August 30, 2017

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?
By George Monbiot, The Guardian, August 29, 2017

The Uninhabitable Earth; Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.
By David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine, July 9, 2017

Videos from the Green Party’s 2017 Annual National Meeting in Newark, N.J., July 13-16: Press conferences, plenary speeches, and more


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12 thoughts on “Green Party: ‘Hurricane Harvey is the latest alarm bell on climate change’

  1. Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

    Pause a moment. Think. Disasters have been happening for the entirety of human history. If what you call Climate Change is happening then no action by government can do anything about it. They have already failed to take any action.

    Now, the disaster preparations in place mandated by government scarfed up billions of dollars confiscated by government. They did not work. They never work. But government knows that, and so should you.

    You are a victim of ‘Arrested Paradigm.” This is the belief government can handle this kind of problem effectively when all the objective evidence proves all they do is use it as an excuse to pass more legislation and steal more of your money.

    Are effective changes possible? Yes. But what does not work is talking. What does work is altering our building technologies and forward planning, including the re-insurance industry stops trusting government and correctly assesses the enormous liabilities now accruing – to them!

    Have a nice day.

  2. Richard Winger

    It doesn’t follow logically that just because generic disasters have always happened in the history of human civilization, therefore there can’t possibly be any connection between Houston’s very unusual weather event, and recent human influence on the climate. One can’t come to a sound conclusion without doing a lot of work.

    Also the Green Party press release wasn’t talking about the government response to floods. It was talking about whether there is anything humans can do to ameliorate the cause of this very unusual flood.

  3. Aiden James

    Stronger storms are the result of more water vapor in the atmosphere as a result of higher temps. What led to those high temps is up for debate. It’s strongly likely, if you dig deep enough into the research (not the crap the media and green energy cronies push), that it’s a naturally occurring cycle that completes every 26,000 years. We have roughly 13,000 years of cooling and then 13,000 years of warming. The last ice age ended about 12,500 years ago. It’s likely in 13,500 years the human race will have to worry about a “Snowball Earth”.

  4. DJ

    Good lord. Never let a crisis go to waste. The arrogance of humans to believe they can somehow control or even effect the climate is beyond belief.

  5. Richard Winger

    Humans are powerful. Look how we have affected life forms, especially dogs. Look how we have affected radiation levels in the area around Chernobyl and northern Japan. Look at the fact that human activity has made thousands of life forms extinct. Look at how human activity has virtually wiped out the Aral Sea in Russia. Look how human activity has drastically altered the humidity in the Palm Springs, California area, from naturally dry to a climate that is much more humid.

  6. DJ

    From the provided link from above.

    In Houston, as everywhere else, it is generally the poorer communities, least responsible for the problem, who are hit first and hit worst

    Obviously this writer has been lied to and not looked at the pictures. Just an FYI, some of the hardest hit were in “planned communities” where solid middle class people reside. Others lived dangerously close to reservoirs and river contributaries, and oh BTW, I have lived in the Houston area since 69 and Houston has always had a flooding problem….. even before the refineries and cars and other things that make the worshippers in the church of climate change religion were even a gleam in their Daddy’s eye.

    There’s a good reason people migrate to where they can make a living. They can “make a living”. They have access to the same data these so-called experts have and can choose to live some place else, but, they don’t.

    You fucking idiots that have to blame somebody for every thing (no matter how small, or large) need to get a life. But, don’t buy shoes that require being tied if you live alone.

  7. DJ

    Richard Winger
    September 1, 2017 at 10:27

    Humans are powerful. Look how we have affected life forms, especially dogs. Look how we have affected radiation levels in the area around Chernobyl and northern Japan. Look at the fact that human activity has made thousands of life forms extinct. Look at how human activity has virtually wiped out the Aral Sea in Russia. Look how human activity has drastically altered the humidity in the Palm Springs, California area, from naturally dry to a climate that is much more humid.

    Humans are insects in the scheme of things. We have just learned quicker and better how to change our environment which is not spelled c l i m a t e. Climate is natural and cyclical. Humans cannot change it and best remember when trying Mother Nature” doesn’t like being fooled, and any attempt to manipulate climate is trying to fool her, no matter how it’s presented or how noble one feels in doing “something”….. unintended consequences reside on both sides of the street.

    And, riddle me this: IF we are so damn smart how come we’re just now recognizing all we’ve been forced into since the “hole in the ozone” problem has not changed one thing for the better. Now it seems we have too much ozone. But, hey, Dupont’s patent on freon wasn’t set to end was it? And besides all that we now have “coolant” that doesn’t work as well.

    All one needs do is follow the money. Two specifics come to mind. Al Gore. Dupont.

  8. Richard Winger

    Also humans changed the climate in the late 19th century and early 20th century in places that burned lots of coal. Even as late as 1952 London had a man-made killer fog that was related to coal burning. And I think one could say that is still true in parts of urban northern China.

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