Matthew Mead is a Climate Change Denier
"As Governor, I will deal with the energy of today and tomorrow. We need to be proactive. I am completely unconvinced that climate change is man-made, but I do recognize we may face challenges presented by those who propose and believe they can change our climate by law with ill-thought-out policy like cap and trade."VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for Wyoming
- Wyoming, which is the 5th driest state in the U.S., experienced moderate to severe drought conditions for a decade starting in 1999.
- Over the last 30 years, snowpack in the Rocky Mountains has declined due to unusual spring warming and more precipitation falling as rain. Faster snowpack melt has affected the State’s water supply and increases flooding.
- In Wyoming, there were close to 400 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of more than $11,500 for each stay.
- Climate change has increased temperatures across the Great Plains since the 1960s, particularly in the northern states. The hotter, drier conditions are already contributing to water resource stress, particularly in the southern portion of the region. In the coming decades, lack of water will constrain development, stress natural resources, and increase competition for water among communities, agriculture, energy production, and wildlife and natural ecosystems. In 2011, heat and drought contributed to agricultural losses across the Midwest and Great Plains, and the northern Great Plains dealt with significant flooding. Extreme events like floods and droughts are expected to become more common with climate change. Other agricultural impacts of rising temperatures include changes in insect pests and the northward shift of optimal zones for crops. As young adults move out of small, rural communities, the towns are increasingly populated by a vulnerable demographic of very old and very young people, placing them more at risk for health issues than urban communities. Serious health concerns are also associated with severe flooding, projected to increase in the future, including greater incidence of waterborne diseases. Water quantity and quality issues are expected to exacerbate existing economic and social issues for the 65 Native American tribes in the Great Plains, where populations on rural tribal lands have limited capacities to respond to climate change.