During his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama said that if Congress didn't act soon to pass laws to address climate change, he would. Last week, Obama fulfilled that promise when he announced his new climate change policy.
If you're wondering why Congress has yet to tackle this global crisis despite overwhelming scientific consensus and ballooning costs of inaction, Think Progress has an interactive map that shows the huge sums of political donations given by the oil and gas industry alongside which members of Congress deny the realities of global warming.
In addition to publishing the climate change plan, an infographic and fact sheet, the White House also has an informative state-by-state report on the consequences of climate change.
All told, 155 elected representatives in the 113th Congress have taken over $51 million from the fossil fuel industry that’s driving the carbon emissions which cause climate change. They deny what over 97 percent of scientists say is happening — current human activity creates the greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat within the atmosphere and cause climate change. And their constituents are paying the price, with Americans across the nation suffering 368 climate-related national disaster declarations since 2011.
Here's a look at what is facing my homestate of Arkansas:
The US Department of Agriculture designated the entire state of Arkansas as a primary natural disaster area due to drought conditions in the summer of 2012.
In July 2011, President Obama declared a major disaster area in Arkansas due to severe storms and flooding, which affected nearly 400 residences and required $8.2 million in federal assistance for cleanup.
In Arkansas, there were close to 2,700 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of over $14,000 for each stay.
Warmer spring temperatures may make ragweed, which can cause hay fever and trigger asthma attacks, bloom earlier. Rogers experienced a 12-day increase in ragweed pollen season between 1995 and 2011.
See the rest of the state-by-state report here.
via The Dish