President Obama talks about the impact of climate change at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida on Thursday. While the president acknowledged climate change didn't cause Hurricane Sandy, he did link the force of hurricanes to climate change, noting the sea level in New York harbor is about a foot higher than it was a century ago.
"The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful," Obama said. "When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that's a recipe for devastating floods. Climate change didn't cause Hurricane Sandy, but may have made it stronger. In fact, the sea level in New York harbor is about a foot higher than a century ago. It certainly made the storm surge worse."
"NOAA, the scientists who keep an eye on hurricanes predicts a below normal hurricane season for the Atlantic with 6 to 11 named storms," MSNBC's Thomas Roberts noted at the end of the segment.