Amid the outcry over President Trump's announcement withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, some critics are pointing out that the president himself may suffer the consequences of accelerated global warming, reports the Associated Press.
He is particularly vulnerable because a number of his flagship properties are located in areas where waters have been rising.
They include his well-publicized Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida; a Guardian report from last year cites research which found that "in 30 years, the grounds of Mar-a-Lago could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year because of tidal flooding along the intracoastal water way."
Ironically, the president has reportedly proposed to eliminate the budget of a federal program called Sea Grant which has been tasked with helping the area and others deal with the effects of a changing environment.
Other Trump-owned properties said to be at risk of rising waters include the Doral golf course in Florida and a golf resort in Ireland.
In fact, Politico reported last May that Trump's company had applied to build a protective wall near the latter seaside property, citing "global warming and its effects."
The president, meanwhile, has publicly expressed skepticism about climate change, dismissing it in the past as a "hoax."
Even some Republicans have called him out on his stance; Bob Inglis, a former Congressman from South Carolina, has said, "Donald Trump is working to ensure his at-risk properties and his company is trying to figure out how to deal with sea level rise. Meanwhile, he's saying things to audiences that he must know are not true."
Meanwhile, Jim Cason, a south Florida mayor, told the Associated Press, "If the beaches are gone or the streets are flooded, it's going to affect the value of his property. So as a prudent businessman, he ought to conclude that the science is right and we need to prepare and plan."