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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Iowa( Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images / August 13, 2012 )
"We've had decades and decades, and maybe even centuries, of periods of time when there's been a tremendous rise in temperature and then a tremendous fall in temperature. And all you've got to do is look at the Little Ice Age of the mid-last millennia as an example. And so we've got to single out what's natural and what's man made before you can make policy."
--Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
Two-thirds of Iowa, the nation's largest corn producer, is suffering extreme or exceptional drought, part of a crisis across the Midwest farm belt that, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has reduced corn yield per acre to its lowest level since 1995. Is global warming to blame? That will be clearer if such droughts become more frequent. But it's a very bad idea to bet the farm against the possibility.