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He was interviewed on CNN's New Day program and when asked by presenter John Berman about the relationship between hurricanes and climate change, he replied: “Look, you can never be 100% sure of the connections. But scientists have said that cyclones will get more and more intense and more and more frequent. We have had four hurricanes in a month, all much stronger than they have ever, ever, ever occurred in history. " "Sadly, I think this is the beginning of things to come," he said.
Branson also commented: “Climate change is real. 99% of scientists know it is real. Everyone knows it's real, except for one person in the White House. "
Presenter Alisyn Camerota recalled that some in the administration of President Donald Trump, such as the director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, for its acronym in English) Scott Pruitt, have said that it is "insensitive" to talk about climate change in this moment.
Branson reasonably concluded: "The cost to rebuild the British Virgin Islands will be $ 3 to $ 4 billion." “The cost of rebuilding Houston will be in the billions of dollars. If all that money can be invested in clean energy, in giving energy to the world through the sun and the wind, we would not have to suffer these horrible events in the future and it would be much better than having to fix people's destroyed houses.
The president of the United States is still waiting for a response on the relationship between the latest hurricanes and climate change. Despite the pressure, it remains without comment and maintains its position that climate change is a fraud.