Rising Tide

With Chris Hayes

Why this story needs to be told

If history unfolds in the way that I think and science thinks it does, and makes these distinctions between the people that actually had the fortitude to stand up and say the unpopular thing and those who didn't. History judges those people incredibly harshly, it puts them in two categories: it puts them in the categories of people who met the biggest challenge of their time and those who didn't.

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‘Rising Tide’ with Chris Hayes

Is it possible for skeptics to come around on climate change? Chris Hayes meets with Republican Congressman Michael Grimm to find out if he agrees that Superstorm Sandy is proof of climate change. Grimm represented one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, where many of his constituents lost their homes and their loved ones. Will Grimm accept the science now that climate change has come to his front door?

‘Rising Tide’ with Chris Hayes

Is it possible for skeptics to come around on climate change? Chris Hayes meets with Republican Congressman Michael Grimm to find out if he agrees that Superstorm Sandy is proof of climate change. Grimm represented one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, where many of his constituents lost their homes and their loved ones. Will Grimm accept the science now that climate change has come to his front door?

Introduction

When Superstorm Sandy killed 24 people on Staten Island, Congressman Michael Grimm worked night and day to help constituents who lost loved ones and were left homeless by the storm.  In Sandy’s wake, Grimm, a conservative Republican, didn’t believe humans have much to do with global warming.

In Rising Tide, Correspondent Chris Hayes follows Grimm for a year to see what he can do for the residents of Staten Island – and what he might learn about climate change.

SHOOT LOCATIONS:

Tottenville, NY; Washington, D.C.; Greenville, SC; Racine, WI

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Meet The Characters

We’re not that much different, Republican, Democrat – Jersey, New York. When your people are hurting, we all want to do the best we can for our community, and ultimately for our country.

Michael Grimm New York State Congressman.

We are going to find the breakthrough when it becomes personal to people, when they decide that this is a real issues that needs a real solution.

Bob Inglis is a former Congressman for South Carolina and the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t relive that last half hour with my family. Our last dinner together. I relive that whole experience with the water coming up over us in the house. How I got pushed out of the wall, when I lost her. My husband was always there for Angela, now he’s gone. It’s very hard.

Superstorm Sandy Survivor Pat Dresch

The Science Behind The Story

The gif to the right shows how an additional foot of sea level rise (as highlighted in red) mostly due to climate change, caused more blocks, homes, and people to be affected by Sandy’s storm surge. Here we show only one little part of Staten Island.

Source Learn more about Sea Level Rise

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