In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many civic officials, political leaders, and scientists are linking increasingly frequent and powerful storms to climate change.

It is widely accepted by scientists that there is a link between more severe and frequent storms and climate change.

And there is no denying that, as coastal areas become increasingly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, communities must begin to wrestle with the difficult question of protecting infrastructure; indeed, many communities are bracing themselves for even harder decisions about abandonment and relocation.

These are difficult conversations to have, and even harder decisions to make.

Scott Pruitt is arguing that now is not the time to be talking about the links between climate change and the lack of resilience exhibited by too many coastal communities.

He’s right.

The time to talk seriously about climate change risks was yesterday, and all the days before yesterday.

To make the argument that anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are not the primary driver of climate change is both boneheaded and dangerous.

That Mr. Pruitt chooses the economic interests of the few over the security of many is not normal.

Nor is his suggestion that it is insensitive to talk about the risks posed by, and the consequences realized from climate change.

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