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Erik Paulsen is a Climate Change Denier
When asked if human beings are contributing to global warming, Paulsen said he wasn't smart enough to know whether that's true or not.VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for Minnesota
- In October 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 10 Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought. Nationwide, the 2012 drought caused $30 billion in damages and 123 direct deaths.
- Changing temperature and precipitation patterns can affect the life cycle and distribution of insects, many of which transmit diseases that already pose problems to public health in Minnesota. In 2010, there were 1,293 cases of Lyme disease in the state.
- In Minnesota, there were more than 3,300 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of more than $14,400 for each stay.
- Midwesterners will experience increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events due to climate change, including heat waves, floods, and lake-effect snow. In 2011, 11 of the 14 U.S. weather-related disasters with damages of more than $1 billion occurred in the Midwest. While severe flooding is already an issue in the region—in 2008, floods caused 24 deaths and $8 billion in agricultural losses—likely increases in precipitation in winter and spring and more heavy downpours mean it is expected to become more commonplace. Greater evaporation in the summer is also likely to result in water deficits. Longer and more extreme heat waves will impact human health through reduced air quality and increases in insect and waterborne diseases, and require increased use of electricity for cooling, further increasing carbon pollution. While the longer growing season provides the potential for increased crop yields, increases in heat waves, floods, droughts, insects, and weeds will present growing challenges to managing crops, livestock, and forests.