Hurricane Harvey likely to provoke polarizing fights

Local communities almost always pull together on the ground after natural disasters like the torrential flooding that has submerged Houston. …

Yet, once the immediate danger has passed, the response to the storm will raise larger political questions on at least two major fronts: the cost of recovery and the role of climate change in intensifying the risk of such devastating storms. Each of those issues will challenge America’s ability to surmount its differences enough to set a shared national direction. Like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy before it, Harvey may demonstrate just how much the man-made gales of political polarization has diminished the nation’s capacity to forge common cause against even the fiercest natural disasters. CONT.

Ronald Brownstein, CNN