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Todd Rokita is a Climate Change Denier
"I think it's arrogant that we think as people that we can somehow change the climate of the whole earth when science is telling us that there's a cycle to all this."VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for Indiana
- In the wake of summer drought conditions, Indiana’s 2012 corn, soybean, winter wheat, and alfalfa hay production fell by 29%, 7%, 19%, and 32% respectively from 2011.
- In 2008, 82 of Indiana’s 92 counties were declared as presidential disaster areas due to winter weather, severe storms, and flooding. 17,000 families suffered damage to their residence, and housing became a significant challenge for the state.
- The total cost of damages from 2008 natural disasters is more than $1.9 billion including crop losses that exceed $300 million and more than $325 million in damage to public infrastructure.
- 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.