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@POTUS Holds First Twitter Q+A

  • Aru Pande

President Barack Obama talks to Americans in his first Twitter Question and Answer session after launching his new handle, @POTUS, May 28, 2015.

President Barack Obama talks to Americans in his first Twitter Question and Answer session after launching his new handle, @POTUS, May 28, 2015.

Just a week after entering the world with his new handle, @POTUS, U.S. President Barack Obama took to Twitter Thursday to answer questions on climate change.

The president was in the southern city of Miami, where he toured the National Hurricane Center and was briefed on disaster preparedness. Obama offered condolences to the families of those killed in the massive flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, thanked first responders and said “it is never too early for disaster preparation.”

He spoke about the link between such deadly storms and climate change.

“The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful,” Obama said. “The combination of stronger storms with rising seas, that’s a recipe for more devastation.”

During his Twitter Q&A Thursday, the president was asked by one user why he called climate change a national security issue during this State of the Union address in January.

@POTUS responded saying, more severe weather events lead to displacement, scarcity, stressed populations; all increase likelihood of global conflict.

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