Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed that numerous "fearmongering," apocalyptic predictions in the media over global warming continue turning out to be false, but insisted that he does not deny climate change.
"Polls consistently show that despite constant media fearmongering over climate change being a bigger danger than ISIS, a nuclear Iran and Alec Baldwin's temper put together, most Americans just aren't that concerned," Huckabee wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"Maybe it's because if you've been alive long enough, you've seen so many apocalyptic predictions come and go (remember when tuna became an $80-a-can rare delicacy in the 1980s? Me, neither.) And yet the world is still here, there are still fish in the sea, and the $9 million oceanfront mansion Al Gore bought with the money he made off of scary predictions of rising sea levels is still as dry as one of his speeches," he added. more >>
CHANTAL, Haiti/COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday with howling winds and rumbled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
The number of deaths in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 842 on Friday as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, according to a Reuters tally of death tolls given by officials.
Matthew, the fiercest cyclone to affect the United States since Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast four years ago, triggered mass evacuations along the coast from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina. more >>
UPDATE: 3:30 PM OCT. 7: Hurricane Matthew killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in its rampage through Haiti earlier this week before it lashed Florida on Friday with rain and howling winds and rolled northward up the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Hurricane Matthew slammed into the eastern parts of Florida Friday morning, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power, while over 800 people have been killed in Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew has triggered evacuation orders for more than 2 million people who live near the southeastern coast, which includes Florida, South Carolina and Georgia, as residents prepare for a direct hit from a storm that has already killed 15 people in the Caribbeans.
President Barack Obama has warned Americans to heed weather reports and take evacuation orders seriously, CNN reported. Obama also warned that if the core of the storm strikes Florida, it could have a "devastating effect."
"Now is the time for you to prepare in the event that you have to evacuate," Obama said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. more >>
Inspirational Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer has been calling on Christians to pray and offer support to Christian ministries in Haiti as they recover from the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the most dangerous storm to strike the region in years.
"Yesterday, our partners in Haiti were preparing for Hurricane Matthew and today it has hit this country with full force. Please pray for Haiti, it's people and their protection today," Meyer wrote on Tuesday on her Facebook page, linking to Love A Child, a Christian ministry in Haiti.
"We've reached out to our partners on the ground in Haiti, Love A Child, Inc., and we've sent funds to help provide for the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew: food, supplies and medicine, etc. We are also monitoring how it might affect the USA too," Meyer added in a follow up post. more >>
Hurricane Matthew has forced a state of emergency in Florida and South Carolina, as well as as eastern and central North Carolina and southeastern Georgia, with as many as 1.1 million ordered to evacuate the South Carolina coast.
"We don't do voluntary or mandatory. It is an evacuation," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference on Tuesday, noting that officials will begin evacuation procedures for 1.1 million people at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, unless the storm's course changes significantly.
"Our goal is to make sure you get 100 miles away from the coast." more >>