Pence after viewing Hurricane Michael damage: Causes of climate change 'yet to be seen'

Pence after viewing Hurricane Michael damage: Causes of climate change 'yet to be seen'
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Vice President Pence on Tuesday said the causes of climate change have "yet to be seen" after he spent time viewing damage from Hurricane Michael in Georgia.

"As the president has said, the climate is changing, but what the causes of that are, are yet to be seen," he told reporters in Moultrie, Ga. "The reality is it's some of the worst storms that have ever affected this area were 50 and 100 years ago."

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Hurricane Michael last week pummeled several states, including Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, killing at 26 people. The storm came just a few weeks after Hurricane Florence killed more than 40 people in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Trump said Monday that "weather has been a factor" during his presidency, but added that "the worst hurricanes were 50 years ago."

The majority of the most destructive hurricanes on record have occurred in the past 50 years, according to a January report from the National Hurricane Center.

Climate scientists have consistently concluded that warming waters are connected to stronger storms. There have been extreme hurricanes and storms since Trump took office, including Hurricane Maria, which led to the deaths of almost 3,000 Puerto Ricans, and Hurricane Florence, which destroyed infrastructure in North and South Carolina last month.

Around 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends are likely linked to human activities, according to NASA.

Trump announced in earlier in his presidency that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, which was signed by 200 nations to take action against climate change.

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last week released a report that indicated climate change could have catastrophic consequences in the coming decades if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t cut drastically by 2030.