By Zack Colman - 05/21/13 01:52 PM EDT
"Well, first of all, I don’t agree with the premise of your question because I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change," Christie said, as residents and officials from Lavallette clapped. "But I would absolutely expect that that’s exactly what WNYC would say, because you know liberal public radio always has an agenda. And so since I disagree with the premise of your question I don’t feel like I have to answer the rest of it.”
Christie was speaking at a Lavallette, N.J., ceremony commemorating the town’s restored boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean, which Sandy destroyed.
The East Coast storm last fall caused billions in damage, as Congress approved $60.2 billion of relief funding despite objections from fiscal conservatives.
While climate scientists avoid attributing individual events to climate change, they largely say its effects — such as warmer waters and higher sea levels — intensify storms such as Sandy.
Sandy underscored the fear of some federal and state lawmakers across the country that climate change and the extreme storms linked to it made coast regions vulnerable to natural disasters.
The Senate gave a nod to that in the Water Resources Development Act, which passed the upper chamber last week.
The bill would authorize a slew of water infrastructure projects. It includes an “extreme weather” section that directs the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate how to protect lives and property from natural disasters.