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Obama Tours Louisiana Flood Damage, Does Not Mention Climate Change

HeadlineAug 24, 2016
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On Tuesday, President Obama visited Louisiana for the first time since the devastating floods that have killed 13 people and damaged 60,000 homes. The Red Cross has has called it the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy. It also marked Louisiana’s worst flooding since Hurricane Katrina. Some neighborhoods still have up to two feet of standing water left. President Obama spoke in Baton Rouge.

President Barack Obama: "I just had a chance to see some of the damage from the historic floods here in Louisiana. I come here, first and foremost, to say that the prayers of the entire nation are with everybody who lost loved ones. As I think anybody who can see just the streets, much less inside of the homes here, people’s lives have been upended by this flood."

While many climate scientists have tied the historic floods in Louisiana to climate change, President Obama made no link during his remarks. While Obama was in Baton Rouge, he also met with the family of Alton Sterling, who was killed by police on July 5, and with the families of three police officers who were killed by a former U.S. marine in a mass shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17.

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