Climate impacts

Thomas Frank



Tom covers the federal response to climate change, focusing on FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and other disaster-response agencies. He worked previously at USA Today, BuzzFeed News, Newsday and several local newspapers. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 and has won other national journalism awards including from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the National Press Club and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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Judge: Harvey flood unmatched since 'life of Jesus'

A federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers had no legal obligation to protect Texas property owners from the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, calling the damage "an act of God ... that the government could not conceivably have controlled."