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Rob Portman is a Climate Change Denier
"When you analyze all the data, there is a warming trend according to science. But the jury is out on the degree of how much is manmade."VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for Ohio
- The long drought of 2007 decreased agricultural yields significantly, totaling a 50-60% decrease in corn crop and a 20-70% decline in first harvest hay yields.
- In the winter of 2002, Lake Erie did not freeze throughout the winter due to temperature increases, causing many businesses to shut down for what is usually their busiest season. At least $1 million in damages were reported at Put-in-Bay Island, just one of Ohio’s islands relying on tourism for its economic growth.
- In August 2012, President Obama declared a major disaster in 37 counties to supplement recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29 to July 2, 2012, and he made more than $16.8 million available in public assistance.
- 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.