My Axios colleague Amy Harder keeps the conversation going...
In the latest Harder Line column published Tuesday, I looked at how people's minds are unlikely to change much after extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey, and possibly the intensifying Hurricane Irma.
Yes, but: Could it eventually prod Congress to act on climate legislation? A little, one expert says, but don't expect lawmakers to seize on an extreme weather crisis to successfully push legislation.
Quoted: "The cumulative impact of these natural disasters will accelerate federal action on climate change, but a 'crisis-focused' legislative effort is unlikely to succeed," says Jason Grumet, president of the centrist Bipartisan Policy Center. "When confronting entrenched political disagreements, the strategy of 'I was right, You were wrong,' is rarely effective."
Why it matters: Congress has shown it can legislate in direct response to a crisis, such as after the 9/11 terrorist attacks or when oil prices spiked in the 1970's. However, given today's gridlock and the inherent intangibility of climate change, stability and peace is more likely to foster legislative success.
"Ultimately, Congressional action is likely to be driven by the cool-headed preference for a federal market-based solution over prescriptive state and EPA requirements and the need for tax revenue," Grumet says.