Media suggests we label Puerto Ricans ‘climate refugees’ following Hurricane Maria

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CLIMATE REFUGEES?: Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, the worst tropical storm to hit the territory since 1928.

By Michael Bastasch

Media outlets are already suggesting the thousands of people predicted to leave Puerto Rico over the next year could be America’s first massive wave of “climate refugees.”

Experts say hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans could flee their devastated island in the next twelve months. Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned “thousands if not millions” could leave the island without massive federal assistance.

The media was quick to suggest Puerto Ricans could be classified as “climate refugees” in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which left most of the island’s residents without power or clean water.

E&E News reported the potential migrants “might be among the nation’s newest ‘climate refugees,’ a demographic that includes former residents of southernmost Louisiana and the shrinking islands of Alaska’s Bering Strait.”

On Wednesday, Bloomberg warned a mass migration from Puerto Rico could “offer a preview for Americans of one of the most jarring potential consequences of global warming: the movement of large numbers of people pushed out of their homes by the effects of climate change.”

Even meteorologist Marshal Shepherd asked if Puerto Ricans could be called “climate refugees.” He said he didn’t know the answer, but then wrote a lengthy post opening on the meaning of the word “climate refugee.”

The idea isn’t new. The United Nations has been predicting a huge increase in the number of “climate refugees” do to human emissions of carbon dioxide. These are people forced from their homes by natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods or droughts.

Scientists predict global warming will exacerbate extreme weather events in the coming decades, though there’s little evidence to support claims today’s natural disasters have gotten measurably worse.

The UN Environment Programme predicted there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010, but quietly removed a web page once that prediction didn’t come true. The UN pushed its prediction to 2020.

Bloomberg reported “climate change forced an estimated 1 million people to leave their homes in 2015” in Africa, and that “the World Bank has urged Australia and New Zealand to open their doors to residents forced off small island nations such as Tuvalu and Kiribati.”

“Even in Syria, internal migration sparked by a historic drought contributed to the civil war, which has added to the wave of people trying to enter Europe in recent years,” Bloomberg reported.

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8 thoughts on “Media suggests we label Puerto Ricans ‘climate refugees’ following Hurricane Maria

  1. Vermont, the Climate Refuge State?
    We are despairing.
    We will do anything to get federal dollars to flow to Vermont.
    Bring on thé world’s refuges from everywhere, the more the better.
    Rutland just placed an order for another 100.
    Way to go, Rutland.

  2. They don’t pay income tax,so why should they receive equal treatment as ourselves?

    Cut ’em loose for their independence.Some years ago they were gung ho on independence,until they found out foodstamps and medicare/medicaid would go away with colonialist America.

    Uh,perhaps we were too hasty soon became the mantra.

  3. Puerto Rico: a welfare state, riddled with welfare people. Doing what welfare people do best: Demand more of those who are working to subsidize them. What needs to be done is set this drain on our economy adrift. Cut the ties. They provide nothing to America. They just suck off of us. Unload.

    • Left wing political activism. No knowledge of spelling, grammar, or sentence construction required. Also, no brains required.

  4. No proof that CO2 causes storms. In fact there’s been a shortage of big storms in recent years. What a racket!

    • Agreed. Where do these morons come up with these ideas. Puerto Rico is in hurricane alley. Always has been and will forever be. Pray for these folks and give aid if possible.

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