The Atlantic hurricane season begins on May 30th and concludes on November 30th. The United States has been hit with a number of devastating storms in recent years including Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Harvey. The 10 costliest natural disasters in US history have all occurred since 1992.
The impact of the storms can make those in power feel helpless and at a loss for ideas. According to a new report by Axios, Donald Trump has made some unique suggestions on how to weaken the natural disasters. Jonathan Swan reports that the President has asked multiple times about whether they could drop a nuclear bomb on hurricanes before reach the United States.
A source reveals that during a meeting, Trump asked, “Why don’t we nuke them? They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?” The President was told that his people would look into it. The source noted that these thoughts have been discussed less since John Bolton became National Security Adviser.
The idea of dropping a nuclear bomb on a hurricane is not a new one. According to a 2016 National Geographic article, the thought was often discussed in the 1950’s and 60’s.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says that nuking a hurricane may not stop the problem and would cause severe environmental issues: “Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems.”
“President Trump has suggested multiple times to senior Homeland Security and national security officials that they explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from hitting the United States” https://t.co/529rs9Htgw pic.twitter.com/CCC35LK199
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 25, 2019
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.