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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Texas( Todd Yates / Associated Press / August 20, 2012 )
"I think the cap-and-trade bill is just another job-killing proposal that will kill 313,000 jobs in my state alone in Texas. The last thing we need is an additional burden on consumers and on businesses in the agricultural sector that this bill would impose, and that's really the problem."
--Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Earlier this summer, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration estimated that the record-setting 2011 heat wave and drought in Texas and nearby states caused losses to crops, livestock and timber of about $10 billion. Using computer models, scientists also estimated the likelihood of similar heat waves as a result of global warming. Although climatologists frequently blame national shifts in rainfall on the El Nino/La Nina cycle, researchers found that in years with a La Nina, Texas will be about 20 times more likely to suffer a severe heat wave than in the 1960s. Rainfall totals greatly improved in 2012, but reservoirs remain low.