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Michael Crapo is a Climate Change Denier

Sen. Michael Crapo
Idaho

"While there is no dispute over the fact that the Earth's climate has changed many times over the planet's history, the underlying cause of these climactic shifts is ultimately not well-understood and is a matter of vigorous debate."

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What climate change means for Idaho

  • In 2012 alone, hazardous weather cost $480 million to the state of Idaho.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 11 counties as primary natural disaster areas in summer 2012 due to damages and losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds.
  • Seventeen percent of the 9.2 million acres that burned in the massive 2012 western wildfires were in Idaho, the most acres of any state in 2012, with over 1.5 million acres burned. Intense wildfires were concentrated in the beetle-killed forest lands of Idaho, and the heavy smoke from the various fires resulted in adverse air quality for area residents.
  • Climate change is already impacting coastal cities, water supplies, wildfires, and natural resources in the Northwest. Snowpack is projected to decline by as much as 40 percent in the Cascades in the next 30 years, and hotter and drier landscapes will increase the risk of forest fires. Overall, the West has experienced a nearly fourfold increase in large wildfires in recent decades, leading to respiratory illnesses and other harm from fire-related air pollution. Increased insect outbreaks and changing species composition will present additional challenges for forest products industries. Decreasing summer stream flows will reduce hydroelectric generation capacity, which currently accounts for 70 percent of the region’s electricity supply. Meanwhile, rising temperatures will increase electricity demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, adding more stress on the electricity system and resulting in more carbon pollution. One third of current streams may be too warm to support salmon by the end of the century, further impacting the region’s fishing industry. Sea-level rise will increase coastal erosion, increasing the vulnerability of property, tourism, and livelihoods in the heavily populated Puget Sound area.

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