Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Richard Branson criticises Donald Trump after hurricanes

Richard Branson criticises Donald Trump after hurricanes

Richard Branson is estimating that it will cost the British Virgin Islands government around four billion dollars to rebuild the territory after the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.

Still, Branson said, the islands have a long, long way to go in their recovery, which he estimated will cost upwards of $4 billion.

"Generally in the Caribbean there is no more than one hurricane every 10 to 12 years", Branson said in the interview.

"Look, you can never be 100 percent sure about links", Branson said during a CNN appearance Tuesday when asked if there is a link between climate change the recent hurricanes.

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With much of his property flattened by the storm but for "a massive bank of solar panels", Branson said renewable energy would make Caribbean islands more resilient to future hurricanes.

Anchor Alisyn Camerota pointed out that some in President Donald Trump's administration, such as Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, have said it is "insensitive" to discuss climate change during this time. "Even as the world faces increasingly shocking climate change-related catastrophes, now is our opportunity to get on top of the problem before it's too late". "We've had four storms within a month, all far greater than that have ever, ever, ever happened in history".

The British business magnate has approached governments and would rally support among financial institutions and fellow philanthropists on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"I think this is the start of things to come". The storm is expected to pass through Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, bringing with it the potential for life-threatening floods and destructive waves and mudslides.

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