Seven states, seven warning signs of global warming
As the signs that the world is warming grow ever more unmistakable, one of the ironies of the American political debate on the topic is that leaders in the states being most heavily affected are often those least inclined to do anything about it, or even acknowledge that there's a problem.
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Louisiana( Los Angeles Times / August 25, 2012 )
"Unfortunately, that's sort of the ridiculous pseudo-science garbage that's so common on the left on this issue. The real truth is getting out there, and I think citizens are really starting to push back."
--Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), in response to anecdotal evidence on global warming cited by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
The Midwest drought is having a disastrous impact not just on crops but on interstate trade, as the Mississippi River drops to levels that are slowing barge traffic to a crawl. Louisiana polticians, meanwhile, continue to push for more oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and a larger share of oil royalties for coastal states -- thus seeking to ensure that the greenhouse gas problem only gets worse.