The Whitehouse releases a laughable state by state climate impact report

UPDATE: Uproariously laughable now, the White House state climate impact report claims there are 31 counties in Hawaii, when there are actually 5, see below – Anthony

This is verbatim from the White House Blog today, see my comments below:

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State-by-State Reports: President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution and Prepare for Consequences of Climate Change

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan to cut carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.

Climate change impacts — ranging from more frequent and severe storms, floods, heat waves, and wildfires, to increased risk of asthma attacks and longer allergy seasons — are already affecting our security, our economy, and our communities.  In 2012 alone, the cost of weather disasters exceeded $110 billion in the United States, and climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these events. Today, we already set limits for arsenic, mercury and lead, but we impose no limits on how much carbon pollution our power plants release– despite the fact carbon pollution is one of the largest drivers of climate change.

As the President explained yesterday, we have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by taking an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. The President’s plan is a comprehensive approach to cutting the pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health, setting us on a path to make our communities healthier, safer, and more resilient.

The state-by-state reports below detail some of the impacts of extreme weather and pollution across the country, and underscore the importance of acting now  to cut carbon pollution and protect the health of our communities.

Alabama                              Alaska                          Arizona                      Arkansas
California                             Colorado                      Connecticut                 Delaware
District of Columbia               Florida                         Georgia                       Hawaii
Idaho                                    Illinois                           Indiana                        Iowa
Kansas                                Kentucky                      Louisiana                   Maine
Maryland                              Massachusetts            Michigan                    Minnesota
Mississippi                            Missouri                      Montana                     Nebraska
Nevada                                 New Hampshire         New Jersey               New Mexico
New York                             North Carolina            North Dakota              Ohio
Oklahoma                             Oregon                       Pennsylvania             Rhode Island
South Carolina                     South Dakota              Tennessee                Texas
Utah                                     Vermont                     Virginia                      Washington
West Virginia                      Wisconsin                   Wyoming

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OK here is the laughable part. I decided to click on my state, California, and was presented with this:

The Threat of Carbon Pollution: California

We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by takingan all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.

Climate change impacts including severe weather, asthma attacks, prolonged allergy seasons, and sea-level rise are affecting our security, our economy, and our communities. In 2012 alone, the cost of weather disasters exceeded $110 billion in the United States, and climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these events. Today, we already set limits for arsenic, mercury and lead, but we impose no limits on how much carbon pollution our power plants release. Carbon pollution is contributing to a higher risk of asthma attacks and more frequent and severe storms, floods, heat waves, and wildfires, driving up food prices and threatening our communities. The President’s plan is a comprehensive approach to cutting the pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health, setting us on a path to make our communities healthier, safer, and more resilient.

THE IMPACT OF POLLUTION AND EXTREME WEATHER IN CALIFORNIA

In 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution metric tons of carbon pollution—that’s equal to the yearly pollution from more than 21 million cars.

Recent incidents provide a reminder of the impacts to our public health and costs due to extreme weather in California. Although we cannot say that climate change is responsible for any individual event, climate change is already increasing our risks from these events.

  • A dry winter in 2011-12 meant that the snow pack, which provides critical drinking water and water to irrigate farmland, was the third lowest on record in the West.
  • In California, there were over 32,700 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of over $35,800 for each stay.
  • In 2009, there were 4,073 emergency room visits in California due to heat stress.
  • Changing temperature and precipitation patterns can affect the life cycle and distribution of insects, many of which transmit disease that already pose problems to public health in California. In 2010, there were 126 cases of Lyme disease in the state.

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Really, “carbon pollution” causes asthma and Lyme disease? This is the best they can do?

I don’t know of any credible study (or incredible for that matter) that suggests large scale impacts of asthma and Lyme disease for California. And look at the numbers, compared to the most recent census data. Infoplease says the 2010 resident population of California is: 37,253,956 people.

126 cases of Lyme disease in the state. – thats 0.000338% % of the population

4,073 emergency room visits in California due to heat stress – thats 0.011% of the population

32,700 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011 – thats 0.087% of the population

For these small numbers, we need to apply a draconian policy that affects EVERYONE in the state?

And, the section of the California impact report  titled: ANTICIPATED CLIMATE-RELATED RISKS IN THE SOUTHWEST, doesn’t even mention California. It mentions Phoenix and Las Vegas. Where’s the Beef?

These aren’t even remotely worthwhile justifications.

And, get this comparison:

In 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution metric tons of carbon pollution—that’s equal to the yearly pollution from more than 21 million cars.

First, proofreading anyone? There’s a repeated phrase in the PDF issued by the WH:

in California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution metric tons of carbon pollution

Embarrassing sloppiness.

Plus, California DMV says there are 22,083,049 cars in California, and the fact that power plants and industry emitted less than the number of car-equivalents…this is a concern… how?

This is the best justification research they can offer? What the hell are they smoking there in the White House?

I’m sure readers can find more silly examples in the state links above.

h/t to Marc Morano

UPDATE: Hawaiian born Obama seems to think there are 31 counties in the state of Hawaii. From the White House Hawaii state impacts report:

The US Department of Agriculture designated 31 counties in Hawaii as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses from drought in 2012.

Screencap from the PDF:

31counties_hawaii

10 seconds with a search engine can clear that up, from the University of Hawaii, there’s 5 counties in Hawaii (though some say each island is a county, as there is confusion by due to small Kalawao County):

It is sometimes said that each of the five major islands of Hawaii are counties. This is not true. Kauai is Kauai county. The Big Island [Hawaii] is Hawaii county. Oahu is Honolulu County. But both Molokai and Maui are Maui county.

The inhabited islands relate to counties as follows:

  • Hawaii County comprises Hawaii.
  • Honolulu County, officially the City and County of Honolulu, comprises Oahu and the small islands northwest of Kauai and Niihau extending from Nihoa to Kure except for Midway. Prior to 1959 Palmyra, located about 1000 miles south of the Hawaiian chain, also was included.
  • Kauai County comprises Kauai and Niihau.
  • Maui County comprises Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai, except that Kalawao County occupies a small portion of Molokai.

Here are the FIPS codes, showing five:

Hawaii_counties

Of course I’m sure its pretty hard for Obama to keep track of when he’s there for the beach or the golf course. ;-)

141 thoughts on “The Whitehouse releases a laughable state by state climate impact report

  1. May I kindly remind Barry Dunham … whoops, I meant Barack Obama (his current, exotic, political name) … that when he talks about “carbon pollution” that we are all, indeed, carbon based life forms. So, with that knowledge in mind, may I please request, that in his war against carbon, he could be so kind as to make at least a few billion exceptions other than himself, alone (which I know he’s prone to do).

  2. “Carbon pollution?” What about oxygen pollution?

    Oxygen, through the agency of rust and corrosion, is a major contributor to the degradation of American infrastructure, damaging bridges, pipes, power lines, vehicles, boats, and other metal structures .

    Oxygen is a critical factor in both forest and structure fires, causing billions of dollars a year in loss.

    The well documented health effects of oxidative stress, including cancer and heart disease, result in shortened lifespan and loss of untold days of worker productivity.

  3. I wonder if they even read what they wrote.
    Here are the “problems” for Oregon:

     Higher winter temperatures are causing more precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow. This
    is depleting snowpack, which is increasing competition for freshwater between people, salmon,
    and hydroelectricity. While there was above average snowfall for many locations in the
    Northwest in 2012, Oregon experienced the third smallest winter and spring snow cover
    footprints on record.
     In Oregon, there were over 2,000 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average
    charge of over $14,000 for each stay.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 23 counties in Oregon as natural disaster areas
    due to losses and damage from freezing temperatures, snow accumulation, and freezing rain in
    2008.

    Compare the first bullet to the last.
    Less snow … meaning that more damage was caused by snow, freezing temperatures and freezing rain.

  4. A rich nation can find the cash to sort out most medical and environmental issues.
    A poor nation can’t!
    Self-imposed poverty is masochism; imposed on others, poverty is sadism.

  5. The report is a joke. How does Kansas (population estimated at about 2.9 million people in 2012) have one half of the emissions of California (population given above as about 37 million people)?? And 20 $1 billion weather events in the past 10 years (but from 2010-2012, the total cost of hazardous weather was only $900 million). Therefore, from 2003 to 2009, there were 20 events with damages greater than $1 billion each. When did they happen?? I have been here for 20 years. I don’t remember multiple weather disasters in any year, much less multiple years.

  6. The opening page for each state appears identical. I checked my state, Virginia, and saw nothing specific to the state. What a waste of time, energy, and money! In any event, Virginians know how to deal with Virginia’s problems; we don’t need to cross the Beltway to find out. What a crock.

  7. Bacteria kills millions of people a year…. except the ones that keep everyone alive. (in the stomach, etc). Differentiating the good bacteria from the bad is the key, unfortunately we seem a long, long way off from doing this with most environmental issues and current human intelligence.

  8. Obama believes in fundamentals, which is why is head is so far up his (fundament).
    His science, economics and politics all reside there.

    Obvious contrary-to-fact assertions appear to be the WH stock-in-trade.

  9. I hope everyone realizes they have focused on a non – problem…
    …and are completely ignoring the real problems

  10. “State by state” – country by country there will be absolutely no impact of carbon dioxide.

    Let’s consider some facts. Is the Arctic warming? Yes, like everywhere else, with a long-term trend for 500 years rising out of the Little Ice Age at the rate of about half a degree per century, due to turn to cooling at least within 200 years. But is there a hockey stick? No.

    In fact the Arctic is no hotter than it was in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.

    Is there a super-imposed 60 year natural cycle that caused all the alarm during the 30 years of rising prior to 1998? Yes.

    But it’s all natural – every bit of it. And it’s nothing whatsoever to do with carbon dioxide, radiative forcing, back radiation, greenhouse effects or any such travesties of physics.

  11. I clicked on Arizona and it reads much like California however no mention of how they will reliably replace the Navajo power plant which they are trying to shut down. Arizona and California’s power grid are tied together and if you cut back Arizona too much, California will go dark as well. Arizona generates “clean” power that California buys. Our “dirty coal” power is used in state. However the grids are one so guess what happens if there isn’t enough “dirty” power.

  12. Forget “Carbon pollution”, there’s the much bigger problem of dihydrogen monoxide to think about!

  13. Declared 31 counties in Hawaii disaster areas due to drought. 31 out of 5.

    REPLY:
    confirmed, and updated the post, thanks very much – Anthony

  14. Just depressing that our government is wasting time on so-called carbon pollution. Appalling ignorance on display from Obama; is he really that stupid – or is this just some twisted political stunt?

    So we are down to “appalling ignorance” vs. “twisted political stunt.”

    Depressing.

  15. Lmao.. pine beetles, which really hit in the 80’s and sage grass wildfires (most of which are started by lightning or man) for Idaho. Im not impressed Mr. president flim flam man.

  16. Any weather-related incident is counted and added up. Virginia data looks at every cost from any weather for 33 years. Michigan doesn’t have that much weather, apparently, other than a freeze that killed cherries and asthma. Either the President thinks his subjects are idiots or the President is such an idiot that he can’t differentiate normal weather from something else. Asthma caused by CO2? Particulate pollution has decreased over the last few decades and asthma has increased. US CO2 emissions have decreased, yet dear leader wants to say that decreases in “pollution” increases asthma.

    This pitch makes swampland sellers look good.

  17. I am from the Old Dominion as well and I found this part of the piece on Va interesting.

    Investing in Clean Energy: During the President’s first term, the United States more than doubled its use of renewable energy from wind, solar, and geothermal sources. Since 2009, the Administration has supported tens of thousands of renewable energy projects throughout the country, including nearly 90 in Virginia, generating enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes and helping Virginia meet its own goal of generating 15 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.

    Can anyone tell me if this is true at all, and where I can find information about this. I find it hard to believe. Then again, renewable energy is such a small part of our energy portfolio it wouldn’t be hard to double. Let me be clear, I think renewable energy is a farce and light years away from competing on its own with fossil fuels and nuclear, if it ever can. Just sounds like more exaggerated claims to me.

  18. I for one am relieved that Syria, NSA, unemployment, crumbling road and bridges, Benghazi, debt and deficit have all been cured and no longer are even worth considering talking about! Great news! Now there is all kinds of money available to solve a rainy day. And Obama is only 10% into his 2nd term! Hooray!
    /snark

  19. Well clearly the alarmists are determined to keep the public alarmed – before the public find out they don’t have to be. I’m sure it’s scary being an alarmist right now, they are running in faster and tighter circles than ever before! I’m waiting for them to implode.

  20. What a maroon!

    Ok for Colorado they list:
    [b]The Waldo-Canyon Fire of 2012
    was the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. It consumed over 346 homes, burned more than 18,200 acres, forced the evacuation of more than 32,000 residents, and cost $8.8 million to contain.[/b]

    This was an event that was caused by stupid zoning, and home owners who did not have a clue about good practices in wild land fire in the urban wild land interface. This sort of fire in Colorado was predicted and talked about extensively in emergency management circles almost 30 years ago. It had nothing at all do do with weather or global warming it was an inevitable consequence of building very expensive homes “snuggled up” to a pine forest that burns every 50 -120 years. it was not a question of if, but just a question of when these sorts of wild fires would come to Colorado with a forest composed of fire species and our hot dry down slope winds that happen from time to time.

    [b]Colorado experienced over $1.0 billion in hail damage due to a series of storms in June 2012.[/b]

    In 1990 (11 July 1990) we had a single hail storm that cost $ 630 million in damages in 1990 dollars ( 2012 dollars would be $1,122.84 billion dollars ) This is nothing new or unusual for an area that has significant hail risk due to our high altitude and the relatively low freezing level in our severe storms.

    [b]In Colorado, there were over 4,300 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of over $19,600 for each stay.[/b]

    [i]What on earth is this supposed to mean?[/i] It is a random observation with no association with carbon emissions. (full disclosure my older brother died of an asthma attack here in 1986).
    High asthma admissions here just might have a whole lot more to do with our being the home of one of the leading respiratory research hospital institutions in the country.

    http://www.nationaljewish.org/

    Talk about red herring arguments! This entry is not only stupid, but down right criminal in its implications when the obvious explanation has nothing at all to do with climate or carbon emissions. Colorado has been a recommended destination for people with respiratory problems since the time of Doc Holiday due to our low pollution levels, low humidity and the perceived value of this high altitude climate to help reduce respiratory problems from high pollen and pollution levels seen in other parts of the country.

    [b]An outbreak of the mountain pine beetle in 2006 killed 5 million lodge pole pines in one year, a four-fold increase over 2005. The infestation covered nearly half of all Colorado’s forests.[/b]

    This is a perfectly natural consequence of living in pine beetle country where the forests (lodge pole pines being a primary host for the endemic pine beetles) were all logged out by the mining industry in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. As a result all our forests are approximately the same age. Add in the relatively recent restrictions against wood burning stoves and fire places reducing natural clearance of beetle kill timber by residents to near zero and 50+ years of zero burn policies (forest fires being one of the natural methods of controlling beetle kill and breaks in the forest which inhibit beetle spread) this outbreak was also inevitable and part of the natural cycle of the forest here.

    This is the only item that is even obliquely related to global warming, in that the other mechanism that mother nature uses to control pine beetle infestations is hard cold winters where cold snaps are intense enough to freeze a portion of the beetle larvae before they can mature. That will take care of itself over the next 30 years as we move back into a cooler weather cycle.

    If the other states segments are as hokey as my state, this is a classic case of propaganda to serve an agenda not a serious attempt to resolve any real problem.

  21. The Florida ‘report’ is a complete joke.

    There is a statement of hospital admissions in 2011 due to asthma, but it is completely vacuous. There is no context, no per capita, no trends, nothing. It is the worst sort of CACC.

    There is a statement of 3323 emergency room visits in 2009 due to heat stress, but it is completely vacuous. There is no context, no indication if 2009 was warmer than normal, no per capita, no trends, nothing. It is the worst sort of CACC.

    There is a statement that Florida had its wettest summer in 2012, in part due to hurricane Isaac and TS Debby, but it is completely vacuous. They fail to mention that 2012 had normal annual rainfall. There is no context, no trends, no indication of whether the wet summer was a good thing (alleviating drought conditions), nothing. It is the worst sort of CACC.

    Then the piece de resistance! Since there has been a paucity of hurricane landfalls in Florida, the writers decided to mention that a lot of Floridians live on the coast. This was listed with the above items as ‘a recent incident that provides a reminder of impacts to our public health’ blah blah blah. What a pile of CACC.

    And of course there is the disclaimer- “Although we cannot say that climate change is responsible for any individual event, climate change is already increasing our risks from these events.”

    Unbelievable. What an execrable smear of pap.

  22. Actually Delaware could be in big trouble.
    They may be threatening to send Joe Biden back.

  23. These reports must have been written by a political appointee. None of the harms mention can be reliably linked to anthropogenic emissions of CO2.

  24. Love it…. for Florida they cite 3300 emergency room visits for heat stress. It’s FLORIDA for gosh sakes, people were dropping over from heat here back in Ponce de Leon’s time!

  25. Yup,,,,,,, so tell me how entertaining this old commercial is now?

    Is rediculous becoming reality?

    II can only speak for myself, but this is getting a bit crazy.

    I equate the current scenario to the “Battle of the Bulge” .

    No?

  26. So the administration of the guy who said during his first presidential campaign that we have 57 states now can’t get the number of counties in Hawaii right……….at least he’s consistent (ly obtuse).

  27. I must say Anthony I thoroughly enjoy your dissection of these issues in WUWT, but it would appear that you and your main contributors have no credibility with the MSM. Read any GW/CC article in any leading publication and the blogs are predominantly critical of the articles’ pro-MMGW bent, but we never, ever see any detailed, counter-arguments being published. Do you have any real credibility out there? Obama calls you ‘the flat earth society’ and gets a free pass.

  28. The White House report fails to mention Phlogyston. It’s as relevant as anything else they have dragged up.

  29. 4,073 emergency room visits in California due to heat stress – thats . 000011% of the population

    32,700 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011 – thats .0000878 % of the population

    Probably even less than as its likely to be the small set of the population repeated admitted to hospital.

  30. As the President explained yesterday, we have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged.
    ==========
    or in hock up to their eyeballs. Tax slaves to interest on the debt from previous generations, from birth to grave. Why not get rid of the debt? Have the EPA pass a regulation.

    Are you seriously telling me that asphalt highways are not pollution? That they do not damage the planet? They are rivers of hardened tar spread over the land, not much different than oil spills on the ocean. How about airports? They certainly damage the environment and cause pollution. Just ask the folks that live under the flight paths. Everything made of plastic rots from the jet fumes. Not to mention the health effects of the noise.

    So are going to get rid of asphalt highways and airports at the same time? And what about houses…

  31. I looked at the boilerplate for the New Mexico write up. I wonder if they realize that Phoenix and Las Vegas are actually in Arizona and Nevada. Oh we do have a Las Vegas, NM too but it is a fairly small town in the northern part of the state not the power hungry one in Nevada. Which gets some of its power from a “non polluting” hydro electric source anyway.

    New Mexico has a very significant agricultural component to the economy which will most likely thrive due to elevated CO2 levels. And I suspect this administration has no clue that there is no medical air quality issues for these “higher” levels of CO2. Human exhaled breaths depending on the level of activity one is involved in can be from 3 to 7% CO2 (at 30,000 to 70,000 ppm) well above the present innocuous 400 ppm levels. Harmless to men, women, and children for now and into the future.

    Our present drought conditions are related to PDO and AMO climate change cycles rather than
    anything humans are or can be doing to the climate. NM saw droughts early last century, in the 1950s and now. Just look at the PDO for that time period (all cooling PDO cycles). Certainly not CO2 related. In fact we are in a cooling PDO cycle right now so even if the globe is warming the western US is not. And droughts relate to La Nina events not El Ninos. And the fires referred to in the boilerplate are likely to be related to drought not necessarily global warming and certainly not CO2.

    Bernie

  32. To all you people who are reading and criticizing the report:

    YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO READ THE REPORTS!.

    If congress votes on laws without reading them, what makes you think you should actually read (and criticize) a report justifying the coming Executive Actions. If you feel that you must read these reports, please remember the BASIC TENENT of Global Warming Science:

    “IT IS APPROPRIATE TO HAVE AN OVER-REPRESENTATION OF FACTUAL REPRESENTATIONS (LIE ABOUT) HOW DANGEROUS (GLOBAL WARMING) IS.”

    If you will simply remember the basic tenant, you will not get so upset.

    If you insist on reading the report and you are still upset after considering the BASIC TENANT of Global Warming Science, I recommend that you think about the SECOND TENANT of Global Warming Science:

    “I THINK THAT THOSE PEOPLE (GLOBAL WARMING SKEPTICS) ARE IN SUCH A TINY, TINY MINORITY NOW WITH THEIR POINT OF VIEW. THEY’RE ALMOST LIKE THE ONES WHO STILL BELIEVE THAT THE MOON LANDING WAS STAGED IN A MOVIE LOT IN ARIZONA AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE EARTH IS STILL FLAT. THAT DEMEANS THEM A LITTLE BIT, BUT IT’S NOT FAR OFF.”

    President Obama referred to the SECOND TENENT of Global Warming Science when he noted that he did not have time to meet with the flat-earthers.

    Please just calm down.

    Thanks.

  33. Regarding the spread of diseases (with global warming) it should be noted that the great plaques struck Europe in colder periods and malaria was endemic across most of Europe and England during The Little Ice Age as was yellow fever in USA. Climate change can be a scapegoat for government inaction.There are many examples in the literature. For example, Dengue fever afflicted more than 4,000 Mexicans in 1995, while just across the border Texas only had 8 cases. The difference was not climate but living standards and sound public health (Allen 2011).
    Like our politicians in Australia, your President wants to leave the White House with a legacy but trying to control climate with taxes can only result in failure. Unfortunately, like our Prime Minister, he is getting poor advice.

  34. So …. if we graphed the number of counties in Hawaii before and after we swore when he took the oath of office it would look like yet another Hockey Stick?

  35. The report says that in Utah, in 2009, there were 155 emergency room visits in Utah due to heat stress. Wow, I am alarmed! This is hot, dry, desert state with five national parks, and countless other natural attractions. It’s amazing there were only 155. I’d say we’re doing really well.

  36. They got lazy with Montana. Most of the states follow the same template, it’s as if they had to have a report for every state. From Montana:

    “Recent incidents provide a reminder of the impacts to our public health and costs due to extreme
    weather in Montana. Although we cannot say that climate change is responsible for any individual
    event, climate change is already increasing our risks from these events.

     Over the past 10 years, Montana was impacted by 5 one-billion dollars disasters.

     President Obama declared a major disaster in 31 counties and 4 Indian reservations in June
    2011 after severe storms and flooding in the state in April and May. Montana required $8.6
    million in Federal assistance to clean up from the storms.”

    I read this as 1. climate change is not linked to natural disasters 2. There were some natural disasters in Montana. Great work USG.

  37. If we aren’t supposed to read the report it would be 1200 pages or more in length and be released on Friday before a Monday vote on it…

    I gotta wonder if they really think that if we lower carbon emissions (we did using natural gas instead of oil and coal) if natural disasters will just stop happening? No wild fires, no hurricanes, no flooding, no drought, and no asthma… (wait, asthma is caused by CO2? I didn’t know that) Can they really be that…mentally challenged?

  38. Completely laughable but its coming anyway. Having done the homework I cannot make sense of any of this. Is it another manifestation of the public/private paradigm that took hold in The West after the fall of Marxism? We celebrated a great and almost unexpected victory. Those on the other side morphed into progressive-capitalists. They learned how to make Walmart , GE, and the Worlds largest banks complicit by permitting them to wet their beaks. It’s the “affordable housing” scam all over again. I guess liberty and decent government really do have to be fought for in each generation.

  39. While the gist of the article is spot on, isn’t 32,700 pretty close to 0.1% of 37,253,956?

  40. Obama’s always been a bit confused about the country he rules, he doesn’t even know how many states there are:

  41. I spent most of my years in California and had pretty bad asthma through High School. The worst attacks I had were during the smoggiest days, back when we used to have air quality alerts. Anyone in SoCal remember the last time we had an air quality alert? Neither do I….

    BTW my asthma hasn’t bothered me since I was approx. 19…I am 40+ now…

  42. as with most CAGW alarmist pieces in the Murdoch media in Australia, this is not behind a paywall, because Murdoch will always give away the propaganda stuff for free. note it’s been accepted for publication!

    27 June: Australian: HigherEducationSection: Graham Lloyd: Summer roasting ‘man-made’
    AUSTRALIA’S record temperatures last summer were substantially influenced by man-made climate change, researchers have found.
    The research, by the University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science, found natural climate variations alone were unlikely to explain the record temperatures.
    Researchers said the extreme heat was between 2 1/2 and five times more likely to be due to anthropogenic influences…
    The report, which has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, used climate observations and more than 90 climate model simulations of summer temperatures in Australia over the past century…
    Records were broken on daily through to seasonal timescales.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/summer-roasting-man-made/story-e6frgcjx-1226670447028

  43. Beer Holiday says:
    June 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    They got lazy with Montana. Most of the states follow the same template, it’s as if they had to have a report for every state. From Montana:

    “ President Obama declared a major disaster in 31 counties and 4 Indian reservations in June 2011 after severe storms and flooding in the state in April and May. Montana required $8.6 million in Federal assistance to clean up from the storms.”

    31 counties? Alert! Alert! Red Flag!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Montana says there are 56 counties.

    I didn’t take the time to find how many are major disasters.

    The New Hampshire page doesn’t reference counties at all, but we have 10 of them.

  44. Those “fact sheets” talk a lot about carbon pollution produced in 2011. By that, I suppose they mean CO2. With that in mind, and assuming:

    a) humans, on average, exhale ~15000 L of air per day,
    b) exhaled air is ~4% CO2,
    c) at STP, the density of CO2 is ~2g/L,
    d) and 2011 was comprised of 365 days,

    then in 2011, each living person, just by breathing, produced
    15000 l/day x 4% x 2 g/l x 0.000001 tonne/g x 365 day/yr = ~0.44 tonnes CO2

    Comparing their “pollution” statistics vs. the citizenry’s respiration, one gets:

    New York carbon pollution: 48 Mt
    New York breathers: 8.6 Mt

    California carbon pollution: 100 Mt
    California breathers: 17 Mt

    Massachusetts carbon pollution: 18 Mt
    Massachusetts breathers: 2.9 Mt

    Connecticut carbon pollution: 9 Mt
    Connecticut breathers: 1.6 Mt

    In each case, breathing produces ~17% as much CO2 as “power plants and industry”. Heaven forfend, something must be done!

    In DC however, breathing is a much more significant polluter:

    DC carbon pollution: 0.45 Mt
    DC breathers: 0.27 Mt (60% as much)

    Draw your own conclusion

  45. Leave it to the left to come up with a deceptive term such as “carbon pollution” and for its compliant media to promote the deception by not only not challenging the accuracy of the term, but also by repeating it endlessly in news story after news story.

    To the average person who hears the term and doesn’t have the time nor inclination to research and understand the facts about climate change and greenhouse gases, the term “carbon pollution” conjures up images of smokestacks spewing massive amounts of dirty, black, soot into the air. If they were told the truth, that the left is really talking about “carbon dioxide pollution” which is a benign, colorless, odorless gas, people would realize that they are being deceived. Additionally, by accepting the claim that CO2 is a pollutant, it means that they, as human beings who are exhaling CO2 24/7 by simply breathing, are among the greatest sources of the so-called pollutant.

    Unfortunately, too many people still get all of their news from mainstream, left-leaning media or, worse yet, from late-night comedians. When falsehoods are repeated over and over again, and when anyone who dares present a differing view is demonized and pilloried, people tend to believe there truly is a consensus and that climate change will irreparably damage the planet our children will inherit. And, when the falsehoods are backed by huge, worldwide bureaucracies and billions of dollars of government and special interest money, it is difficult to get the truth out and change people’s minds. As difficult as it is, just imagine how insurmountable it would be if there was no internet.

    Fortunately, though, time is inevitably on the side of the truth.

  46. more Murdoch media shilling for an emissions trading scheme – the prime objective of CAGW alarmism:

    27 June: Courier Mail: Dennis Atkins: Party Games: Kevin Rudd takes up reins as Prime Minister with fresh choices
    On climate change, it could be as simple as saying he’d switch to a floating price – going straight to the intended emissions trading scheme – although that might need legislation.
    It would have revenue implications but would take the ***hated “carbon tax” off the table – not that Tony Abbott will be too concerned about this.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/party-games-kevin-rudd-takes-up-reins-as-prime-minister-with-fresh-choices/story-fnihsr9v-1226670452817

    ***hated? an UNBELIEVABLE poll result just days ago!

    23 June: Sydney Morning Herald: Heath Aston: Fewer voters want carbon tax axed
    Tony Abbott’s insistence that the election will be a ”referendum on the carbon tax” has been undermined by polling showing just a third of voters support the Coalition’s plan to abolish the tax…

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/fewer-voters-want-carbon-tax-axed-20130622-2opby.html

    another UNBELIEVABLE poll, given the change of leadership only occurred hours before this was published, and it shows no backlash from female Labor voters, whose vote is up!

    Roy Morgan Poll: Big swing to the ALP after Rudd returned as leader tonight. ALP 49.5% (up 5%) cf. L-NP 50.5% (down 5%) – but will it be enough?
    A special snap SMS Morgan Poll (2,530 Australian electors aged 18+) after tonight’s ALP leadership ballot shows a large swing to the ALP 49.5% (up 5%) since last weekend’s multi-mode Morgan Poll, now just behind the L-NP 50.5% (down 5%) on a two-party preferred basis after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was returned to the leadership of the ALP after winning a leadership ballot against outgoing Prime Minister Julia Gillard 57-45…
    If a Federal Election were held today the result would be too close to call according to tonight’s special snap SMS Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention with an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,530 Australian electors aged 18+…

    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/snap-sms-morgan-poll-june-26-2013-201306261145

  47. In looking at a few of the states I noticed that a common tactic is to describe the weather damage in terms the monetary damage and not the actual intensity of the weather event.
    I also didn’t see any comparisons to past events. They seem to be presented as something “never-before-seen”.

  48. The 6/25/13 Speech Barack Wrote Himself,

    but couldn’t figure out how to load into the Teleprompter.

    [Transcript of his private practice session – provided compliments of TOTUS who was, as always, in the room.]

    Dope: Uuuuh, …. hm…………… say, uh, Mitchell? Should I –

    Michelle O.: Shut UP! [gets up, walks out, slamming door behind her]

    Dope: [looking worried] Oh, great. Now, I have to figure this out myself. Okay. Let’s see… uh…. Oh, yeah, Axelrod told me to look warm. [pencils-in note on hard copy of speech] …. [mumbling] note…. to…. self [GRIN – glances at mirror on wall]… “wipe brow”…. [writes and writes and writes] …. “wipe brow”… “wipe brow”… “wipe brow”…. “wipe brow”… “wipe brow”…. [repeat 62 times – one for every state, LOL]…. .

    There! Okay, uuuuh…. My fellow Mu-, er,… Americans…. I… [giggle – “punch drunk” again]… okay, let me just get straight with you. We can do better. [wipe brow] Ever since Richard Nixon started the E.P.A., aaaaand, that was a good thing….. the same year that, uh, … that I was born, yeah… heh, heh,…. it’s done a few things. We need to …. uh….. to uuuh… CHANGE that. We can do better. Letmebeclear. Little kids don’t have to settle for uh…. going….. uuuh… to the…. uuuh… emergency room for their [wipe brow] breathalyzers. We can do better. Carbon is… a…. hmmm…. a…. uh… a threat to our civilization. Now, I can’t tell you whether it’s CO1 or CO2 or CO-what-EVER that’s causing the problem, above my pay grade [wipe brow] [smirk], that’s for the scientists. But, I do [wipe brow] know [wipe brow] this. It’s a problem. [wipe brow]

    Some people, Germany for instance, think we should just do what’s best for the economy. I… I uh, say…. we should [wipe brow] do what’s best for America. Aaaand, uh, that is to get people to, uh, WALK to school, to work, to the ski resorts. Now, [chuckle] of course, I can’t walk much of anywhere, the Secret [wipe brow] Service won’t let me. And I can’t walk to Africa, gotta take a plane. There have to be exceptions. As a famous scientist once said, “Some are more equal [strikes that] …. indispensable than others.” Coal is dirty. [wipe brow] Windmills are cool. Solar power got us to the moon, [wipe brow] I think it’s good enough to get us to the laundromat.

    Aaaaaand…. we’ll all just have to start [wipe brow] to make a few sacrifices…. eat less food…. sit closer together at work to keep warm….. we can do it! Speaking of food, there have been lots of droughts and hurricanes uuuh… devastating…. our…. uh… rice crops… tornadoes haven’t helped either. And ice, [wipe brow] BIG ice, is coming….. uh… soon… like… uh next week, if all this weird stuff [aside to self: Boy, all this talk about food is making me hungry, think I’ll cut this short, as-if-I-care about this dumb speech anyway, laugh-out-LOUD.] continues we will not be a sustainable country anymore. We won’t…. uh…. [wipe brow] okay.
    Ominous…. Catastrophic………..[wipe brow]… threat… security threat…. Threatening…. Danger….. weird weather….. before it’s too late….. act now…. Actionable… science…. Scientists…. Consensus …… death….. [wipe brow]….

    The bottom line? Carbon has to stop! So, power companies and big corporations and [wipe brow] big oil aaand…. [scratches head] big pharma … and [wipe brow] all of the RICH, the… uh…. the gig is up. FOR THE CHILDREN. [wipe brow]

    [leaves last two pages of speech unread and goes down to kitchen for a snack]

  49. The report is garbage! But the sad part is that it will be quoted on every liberal blog and as talking points on every network. Liberals may be dense, but they are predictable.

  50. In 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution
    ——-
    It may sound like the WH is getting a bit hysterical, but I suppose if they wanted to write a truly scary press release they would measure the carbon in grams. It gives a much bigger number.

    And for convenience, they really should have worked out how many Hiroshimas 100 million metric tons of carbon translates to….

  51. Maybe we should just put up a statue of Obama on the White House lawn with an altar in front of and sacrifice an occasional pig or scapegoat? (The altar would have to solar powered of course.)

  52. Kentucky 2012 – $9.5 million in flood damage assistance. .That’s all?

    As for the asthma increase one hypothesis is increased hygiene in industrialized societies reduces childhood infections that would stimulate the immune system to mitigate against asthma.

  53. googling just “31 counties” brings more similar mentions of 31 counties in other states and areas in trouble

  54. New Jersey power generation was equal to 5.4 million cars. Motor vehicles of all types registered in NJ in 2003 per FedDOT was 6.56 million. We’re in a really tough spot; in NJ you can’t get by without electricity or a car!

    Using David’s methodology, NJ had about 3.0 Mt of exhaled CO2 vs 25 Mt from power plants. I wonder if there is an estimate for the release and uptake due to the flora and fauna?

    These alarmists are dumber than we thought.

  55. Nice catch Ric!
    Looks like climate change took out 31 counties in Montana and another 31 in Hawaii too :-D

  56. Can somebody please check to see how much farm subsidy money was allocated to these other 26 Hawaiian counties? (Or maybe they’re really hiding in those extra 7 US states none of us have been able to find?)

  57. I think that BHO’s recent focus on old-school leftist issues like reducing industry, er, “pollution”, and reducing nukes is just a desperate attempt to shift the spotlight away from all the scandals that have come to lit recently.

  58. Laugh as you will his executive order policy will be funded by our tax dollars. The voters have spoken and Obama is at the controls of the IRS, FBI, DOJ, NSA, EPA …. totally transparent.

  59. Re: Oregon. Too bad the Columbus Day Storm was before CO2 became an outlaw. There is no doubt in my mind that were it to happen again, CO2 would have been blamed.

    I also noticed the change in vocabulary. According to the best minds in climate science “carbon” causes an increased risk of weather disasters. With of course the added caution that no single weather disaster is caused by “carbon”. Okay. I’ll bite and play by your new rules. How much carbon gets kicked into the air and how long does it stay suspended before it drifts back down to the ground? Plus what is its role regarding atmospheric warming?

    They think us “flat earthers” are really stupid don’t they. By the way Obama, that remark you made in your speech was in really bad taste and demonstrates your complete lack of intelligent thinking regarding the debate.

  60. I listened to Mr. Obamas speech. All I got from it was “yada yada yada, blah blah, yada yada yada. for the children”. He will have to use the EPA via Executive Orders and that might just be the death knell for the agency. A war on coal may be his
    “Bridge to far”. Just more red meat for his rabid information challenged base. Stupid people doing stupid stuff.

  61. Janice Moore says:
    Max, that is GREAT news! HURRAH FOR AUSTRALIA!

    NO !
    With Rudd back in, there are possibly enough moronic idiots in Australia to put him into office.

    ……think a megalomaniac version of Obama with his hand in the UN agenda.

    It would have been far better had Gillard remained until the election.

  62. Just did a quick fact check for the blurb about Illinois:
    “In winter 2011, Chicago suffered over $1.8 in losses and 36 deaths when a blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on the city.”

    OK first of all is it global warming or global cooling? Why does a “record snowfall” represent a global warming problem. How again did CO2 cause this snowstorm? Most of the “deaths” were caused by either old people freezing in buildings that did not have the heat turned on, or heart attacks shoveling snow. How did CO2 cause that?
    Second, who cares about a dollar eighty cents loss from a snowfall.
    Third, according to this website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/winter/chi_sno_hist.php
    the snowfall in the winter of 2011 didn’t even make the list of top ten single day snowfalls of all time.
    “Since snow records began in 1886 in Chicago, there have been 41 winter storms that produced 10 inches or more of snow. A 10 inch snow occurs about once every 3 years. A 15 inch snow occurs only once about every 19 years. The closest back to back 10 inch snows were March 25-26 and April 1-2, 1970 (6 days apart). The longest period of time without a 10 inch snow or greater was February 12, 1981 to January 1, 1999 (almost 18 years). The earliest 10 inch snow was November 25-26, 1895 and the latest 10 inch snow was April 1-2, 1970. The most recent 10 inch snow was January 21-23, 2005.”

    In fact on a different page (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=biggestsnowstorms-us) the “Ground Hog Day” snowfall of 2011 was only 23 on the list of worst snowfalls. Most of the worst snowfalls happened much earlier in the 20th century when there was no “global warming” problem. The “2 feet” mentioned above happened over a 3 day period and the only reason it made national news was because a traffic accident early at rush hour on the second day of the storm in downtown Chicago trapped people in their cars on Lake Shore Drive. . . . so many people just abandonded their cars. It made for quite spectacular pictures to show all those cars trapped under “2 feet” of snow on Lake Shore, while the rest of the city was cleared within a day, and O’Hare created a significant bump in the global warming problem by using jet engine powered snow melters to melt and get rid of all the snow! ( http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7938188 ).

    Want to solve the global warming problem in Illinois Obama? Since it is fresh water (albeit frozen) just allow the dumping of snow directly into the those rivers and lakes where it naturally wants to “run off” to again instead of melting it first and THEN putting it back into the rivers and lakes.

  63. “In each case, breathing produces ~17% as much CO2 as “power plants and industry”. Heaven forfend, something must be done!”

    Unless you’re regularly feeding on coal or other ancient carbon I’m pretty sure the CO2 from breathing is fine.

  64. There are many wonderful, even heroic humans in the world. Something is wrong with our society if it RELECTS BHO as president. I have my own ideas what is wrong. The education system comes to mind immediately. But something is wrong. I have been fortunate to live through two generations (counting a generation as 35 years). The change in America is clear to me as the sun on a clear day. We have lost our way. I, hopefully, will not live to see the full results of the change (THAT IS NOT A DEATH WISH). It’s just I would rather not die in grief for our once great nation.

    On a side note to Janice. You should write a play. Don’t think you can’t. Read “A Confederacy of Dunces” and the back story of the writer. You should write a play. My beloved Libby is still chuckling over your faux phone call dialog about Schmidt, the pet spider.

  65. Why does it cost $35,800 to treat asthma in California, but only $11,000 in Utah?

    Would more deer hunting reduce lyme disease?

    Obama: “Unusually warm and humid conditions in 2011 killed 1,700 head of cattle in South Dakota.”

    How many head of cattle are killed by hungry people?

  66. I’m looking for Georgia’s 707 miles of coastline. All I can find is somewhere around 135 miles.

    Wait. Let me guess. A staff of bureaucrats (likely the same crew that designates drainage ditches with intermittent flow as “blue line” streams) has used months of taxpayer payroll days to measure “coastline” as any land meeting water within 10 miles of ocean frontage, or perhaps more. Bet that’s the way they cooked this number.

    Same as so-called journalists: Make the number big and scary to improve its saleability, or better yet….use politician-speak and aggregate EVERYTHING over 10 years so the numbers become really big. (Remember when they only used 5-year aggregation? That wasn’t good enough as audience sensitivity dropped off.) 10 year stuff is now all the rage in DeeCee. Soon, however, “20” will be the new “10”.

    Anyway, this “comprehensive” nonsense is indeed laughable, if not shameful. Once again, we have a perfect display of the abject stupidity of our arrogant West Wing wonks — where fact is trumped by “impact”.

  67. Thanks, Stan! I’ll keep your kind and generous encouragement in mind if I ever have the opportunity to do that. You made my week! Tell Libby she is sweet. You two deserve each other.

    ********************
    Well, Andy, G, I think you’re swell
    And you really told me well
    About Ruddy boy, et cetera.
    Well, Andy looks like I was wrong
    And I hope it won’t be long
    ‘Til change comes to Australia.
    [to tune of “Eleanor G” by The Turtles (I think)]

    I have NO idea about Australian politics — I made an (mistaken as it turns out) assumption that Rudd’s victory was a cause to rejoice from the enthusiastic post of another Australian on another thread about 12 hours ago. Learned my lesson!

    How’s “winter” going down there?

    Take care.

  68. The Lyme disease and asthma references appear to come from a presentation by Linda Rudolph who is a Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health.

    http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/boards/phac/Documents/Climate-Change-Health-PHAC-012909.pdf

    She refers J. Patz as the source for the slide on Lyme and asthma link. Here is a paper on Lyme disease increased incidence due to climate change which has references to JA Patz.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582486/

    Note that this paper uses the Canadian Global Coupled Model (CGCM1) which is shown below. It obviously missed the last 16 years of no temperature increases.

  69. “””””……Janice Moore says:

    June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    The 6/25/13 Speech Barack Wrote Himself,

    but couldn’t figure out how to load into the Teleprompter.

    [Transcript of his private practice session – provided compliments of TOTUS who was, as always, in the room.]

    Dope: Uuuuh, …. hm…………… say, uh, Mitchell? Should I –

    Michelle O.: Shut UP! [gets up, walks out, slamming door behind her]…..”””””

    Gor blimey Janice !

    When I told you to stick around, I didn’t mean to just move in close to the fire, and take over the place .

    Now as for that “play” : Nyet on the play; I would suggest an opera. Preferred language would be German; just in case, POTUS wants to sing the Heldentenor part, under the Brandenburg Gate.

    Well maybe not; have you noticed that when he gives a serious lecture to us, he whistles.

    I’d fall on my sword, at the very thought of hearing Siegfried whistle !

    Well It would have to be in Italian.

    All Italian Operas provide (pregnant) pauses for the hero, or heroine to leap up out of their soon to be grave, and take a bow for hitting all those high Cs while dying of tuberculosis, and POTUS likes taking bows; particularly to foreign potentates. There are no bowing pauses in German opera.

  70. Gibson says:
    June 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm
    “I must say Anthony I thoroughly enjoy your dissection of these issues in WUWT, but it would appear that you and your main contributors have no credibility with the MSM.”

    Are you familiar with the history of the USSR and its organs Prawda and Iswestija?

  71. Has anyone seen the President’s Infographic from the WH page?

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan

    They’re claiming that CO2 pollution is 84% and that it

    Enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil), solid waste, trees and wood products, and also as a result of certain chemical reactions (e.g., manufacture of cement).

    The head of every Biology, Horticulture, Agriculture, Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Physics Chemistry, and Geology department at every university in the country needs to react to this bull**it, and mount a derisive reply. This is a real outrage.

    You should look at this thing. Teachers are going to hang it in every classroom in America.

  72. This is just laughable:
    32,700 Californian hospital visits for asthma is 100 every working day – peanuts in a population of 38 million

    3,400 people die each year in the US of Asthma, of which 1,500 are over 75 years of age. Ten times that many die of poison, of suicide and of car accidents, 100 times that because of coronaries.

    http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender

    “In 2009, there were 4,073 emergency room visits in California due to heat stress”

    The Daily Express recently reported that 24,000 people died in a UK cold spell, Out of 63 million people – roughly one in 2,600. Equivalent to about 14,000 Californian deaths….

    The Daily telegraph reports in 1988: “Intense heat waves across the US led to a death toll between 4,000 and 17,000 and sparked several devastating forest fires in the country’s west” – in a country with 5 times the population of the UK.

    This ignores the impacts of the Obamonomic catastrophes of late (who has money to buy an air conditioner, or to pay for the electricity to run them any more?).

    All this is immaterial without the background data to depict the long term trends. Rule by speechwriters is the rule of the day. Rhetoric wins out over facts!

    Oh, and the French, who wouldn’t know one end of an air conditioner from the other, lost 40,000 recently in a heat wave. Surely that re-inforces the idea of taking action against heat wave impacts (buying air conditioners), not heat waves themselves (needlessly cutting CO2 emissions for 15 days).

  73. You’ve got your sums all wrong here – I don’t think the population of California is really 37 billion, is it?

  74. i can only assume that the increased numbers attending ER for heat stroke are there because Californian energy is now so costly people cannot afford to run their air conditioning.

  75. I created a PDF of all the WH state-by-state reports in a combined PDF. You can download it here, and use either Adobe Acrobat to search for all instances of counties, for example, or use a free public resource such as the excellent SKIM (all OS versions) to create better annotations than Acrobat Pro allows you. [Acrobat doesn’t print out the annotations intelligently the way the free software SKIM does.]

    http://www.docyoushare.com/file/index.php?f=y4DDEQd0

  76. In case the above was too cryptic, the % calculations on lymes, asthma, etc, are out by a factor of 1000.

  77. When did CO2 become the primary (and apparently only) cause of Asthma? This is beyond the pale to simply just throw the number of cases of Asthma into the list of ‘Carbon Pollution’ (Carbon pollution? – you mean there’s free carbon floating around in the atmosphere?)

    In addition to the number of cattle ‘killed by heat in 2012′ in Montana I’d like to know how many where ‘killed by cold’ in 2012.

  78. From the report …

    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.

    From the Erie Times – News …

    Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is also the one most likely to be covered with ice.

    But it doesn’t happen most years. Less than 14 percent of Lake Erie was covered by ice during the mild winter of 2011-12, and the last time the lake was 100 percent ice covered was 2009-10, and before that, 1995-96.

    http://www.goerie.com/article/20130208/NEWS02/302089965/Lake-Erie-could-freeze-over-in-2013

  79. ….Really, “carbon pollution” causes asthma and Lyme disease? This is the best they can do?…
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    And it is an OUT RIGHT LIE!
    REBUTTAL, TICKS
    First Lyme disease is found in Canada, a real tropical paradise. link Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks whose preferred host is deer and mice. the preferred habitat is the dense (and moist) undergrowth at woodland margins. This is where you find both mice and deer feeding too.

    The Information to back these statement up:

    Lyme Basics

    Lyme disease (often misspelled as “Lime” or “Lymes”) is an inflammatory infection that spreads to humans through tick bites.

    Lyme is a borreliosis caused by borrelia bacteria, which commonly infects woodland animals like mice or deer. Ticks pick up the bacteria by biting infected animals, and then pass it on to their human hosts. The are many strains or genospecies of borrelia that cause Lyme disease (borreliosis) in humans just as there are many strains of the flu virus that cause flu symptoms in humans, with some strains more virulent than others….

    Canada is home to many species of ticks, but the Ixodes Tick – more often known as the “black-legged” or “deer” tick – is the most common Lyme-carrier….

    Tick Habitat: University of Rode Island
    Unlike some other tick species, deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are particularly susceptible to desiccation, or drying out. They can only survive short periods in places where the atmospheric moisture content (relative humidity) is less than say 90%. In one experiment, most of the nymphal deer ticks exposed to 75% humidity for 8 hours died, even after being returned to 96% humidity. In a typical house environment, unfed deer ticks are not likely to survive even 24 hours….

    To sample nymphal deer ticks in woods and around the perimeter of residential properties. drag a tick flag made of white flannel cloth; the cloth is about 0.25 sq meters (about 4’ X 2’8″) …if you sample prior to spray treatment between May 25 and June 25 in the proper habitat (shady, leaf litter, humid) and don’t collect any poppy seed-sized nymphs, then the risk of tick encounter is likely to be relatively low.

    The above agrees with ORKIN’s: Where Are Deer Ticks Located?

    Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are found in many locations where their preferred host, the white-tailed deer, dwell. They are present throughout the majority of the eastern United States and tend to live in wooded areas and along trails in forests. Deer ticks reside on the tips of grass and leaves along these trails, enabling them to crawl directly onto the skin or fur of a passing host. Some of these trails may be found in suburban areas where forests meet subdivisions. Deer and other animals are often active in these areas.

    US distribution of ticks that carry disease map

    WHY the US government is responsible for the current tick infestation.

    The State of America’s Forests. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters
    * The United States ranks fourth on the list of most forest-rich countries, following the Russian
    Federation, Brazil, and Canada,

    * Historical trends indicate that the standing inventory (the volume of growing stock) of hardwood and softwood tree species in US forests has grown by 49 percent between 1953 and 2006.

    Actually it is the US government, Eco-nuts and anti-hunters who are responsible for the increase in Lyme disease.

    Mimicking Nature’s Fire: Restoring Fire-Prone Forests In The West

    Although a few visionaries recommended controlled burning of forests during a relatively safe season to reduce fire threats, forestry leaders, conservationists, and many land owners thought that fire should be suppressed and largely eliminated. In 1908 the U.S. Forestry Service developed a primary mission funded by Congress to suppress forest fires: it also tried to prevent any use of fire as a tool to maintain forests. Over the next several decades the Forest Service led a multiagency, paramilitary-type program to eliminate forest fires. Beginning in the 1950s clear-cut harvesting, which removed all trees from a sizeable area, was commonly applied to forests historically dominated by the mixed and stand replacement fire regimes (Clary 1986)….

    By the 1960s rapidly expanding knowledge in the young science of ecology revealed that fiore played an essential role in natural forests. During the 1970s natural resource agencies changed course in response to this new knowledge and to the escalating costs of fire suppression and recognized fire should be used in forest management (Nelson 1979)….

    A host of new laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and National Environmetal Protection Act … spawned regulations that hindered returning a natural disturbance process like fire. New homes and developments worth billions of dollars sprang up in dense high-hazard forests, increasing the political outcry when foresters wanted to use fire….

    By the 1990 environmental concerns and regulations dramatically reduced timber harvesting on public forests and forced land managers to emphasize environmental protection. In response the Forest Service adopted a concept of ecosystem-based management… commonly referred to by the term “biodiversity”….

    Large tracts of private forests in the West have been placed under conservation easments…easments often required protection from all human disturbance and fire…

    What Is White-Tailed Deer Habitat?
    Quality deer habitat includes a mixture of trees, shrubs, vines, forbs, grasses and other plants such as fungi and sedges. Certain plants within each of these categories benefit deer more than others. Desirable plants should be well interspersed throughout an area, so that the whole area functions as deer habitat. In this region (southern Oklahoma and northern Texas), adequate woody plants should be present to provide food, shelter and concealment. Some type of water source should be available every mile or so. Enough area with appropriate plants should be available to support a viable population.

    Plant diversity is an important aspect of habitat, because deer require a variety of plants to provide their various needs. Many plants are utilized during only one season or a portion of a season. Each plant that is eaten provides only a portion of a deer?s nutritional requirements. Some plants serve as cover and concealment. Deer need a variety of plants to have high-quality, year-round food and cover. Plant diversity is generally adequate where native plant communities are emphasized and managed for a variety of successional stages.

    Plant succession is the natural progressive change of plant species and communities on a site across time. Disturbances such as tilling, clearing, flooding, mowing, grazing and burning set back succession by various degrees. Rest or lack of disturbance allows succession to progress forward toward more mature, stable plant communities…..

    Want to get rid of ticks? Burn the forest understory and thin the deer herds!

  80. ….Really, “carbon pollution” causes asthma and Lyme disease? This is the best they can do?…
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    REBUTTAL, ASTHMA

    NORMALBREATHING.com
    …While breathing 2-3 times more than the medical norm, most people believe that they have good or normal breathing. Some of them even say that they are “barely breathing”. But normal breathing is so tiny that healthy people experience nearly no sensations in relation to their breathing at rest.

    Over 90% of modern people suffer from breathing problems. The common problems include chest breathing, mouth breathing, and hyperventilation (increased minute ventilation), all of which reduce oxygen levels in body cells and promote chronic diseases…..

    Note that advanced stages of asthma can lead to lung destruction, ventilation-perfusion mismatch, and arterial hypercapnia causing further reduction in body oxygen levels.

    Definition of Hyperventilation and Its Physiology
    The most common medical definition of hyperventilation is: Hyperventilation (or overbreathing) is the state of breathing that is faster and/or deeper than normal…. In contrast, Dr. Buteyko’s definition of hyperventilation (or what he implied in relation to hyperventilation) is based on the pathological physiological effects that are caused by reduced CO2 levels in the alveoli of the lungs due to hyperventilation….

    Many medical textbooks suggest defining hyperventilation based on arterial hypocapnia. The most common example of this is: Hyperventilation is a physiological state when the partial pressure of arterial CO2 is less than 35 mm Hg…..

    Hence, the most logical and physiologically strict way to define hyperventilation is the following. Hyperventilation is the physiological state of the human organism characterized by alveolar hypocapnia (CO2 deficiency in the alveoli of the lungs).This definition of hyperventilation is based on an abnormally low concentration of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the functioning alveoli of the lungs, causing reduced oxygen transport, tissue hypoxia (low O2 in cells) and other pathological effects that intensify breathing.

    So “…. an abnormally low concentration of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the functioning alveoli of the lungs, causing reduced oxygen transport, tissue hypoxia (low O2 in cells) and other pathological effects that intensify breathing.

    This is the basis for:

    CO2 Heals Lung Damage and Lung Injury
    Hyperventilation (routinely found during medical investigations in lung patients) can cause additional lung damage or injury to lung tissue and worsen any chronic condition, including lung cancers (lung tumor), chronic obstructive lung disease, lung fibrosis, lung nodules, lung carcinoma, blood clots in the lung, fibrosis of the lung, fluid in the lung, cystic fibrosis, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and many others. However, these pathological changes can be prevented or treated with a supplementary therapy that involves breathing training. Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the lungs can heal lungs and prevent complications due to these conditions. As a result, many patients can avoid lung transplantation so that there is less need for lung transplants.

    [List several papers from around the world]

    ….Lung damage, due to alveolar hyperventilation, has a biochemical basis. As we discussed before, alveolar hypocapnia leads to systemic cell hypoxia, generation of free radicals, and immune system dysfunction. Hence, hypocapnia (reduced CO2 in the alveoli of the lungs) can cause cellular lung damage due to biochemical reasons independent from the minute ventilation. On the other hand, hypercapnia (increased CO2 content) or “permissive hypercapnia”, as many respirologists call it, improves the state of the immune system preventing lung damage and promoting lung tissue healing. (Similar CO2-healing effects were discovered for tissues of the skin and colon, and tooth abscesses.)……..

    Dr. Artour Rakhimov, author of the normal breathing website has a PhD (Math/Physics) from Moscow University. Where he was an Honor student (Grade “A” for all exams)

    Then consider C3 plants like trees.

    Carbon starvation in glacial trees recovered from the La Brea tar pits, southern California.
    Abstract

    The Rancho La Brea tar pit fossil collection includes Juniperus (C3) wood specimens that 14C date between 7.7 and 55 thousand years (kyr) B.P., providing a constrained record of plant response for southern California during the last glacial period. Atmospheric CO2 concentration ([CO2]) ranged between 180 and 220 ppm during glacial periods, rose to approximately 280 ppm before the industrial period, and is currently approaching 380 ppm in the modern atmosphere. Here we report on delta13C of Juniperus wood cellulose, and show that glacial and modern trees were operating at similar leaf-intercellular [CO2](ci)/atmospheric [CO2](ca) values. As a result, glacial trees were operating at ci values much closer to the CO2-compensation point for C3 photosynthesis than modern trees, indicating that glacial trees were undergoing carbon starvation…. By scaling ancient ci values to plant growth by using modern relationships, we found evidence that C3 primary productivity was greatly diminished in southern California during the last glacial period.

    Discussion of the paper at CO2 Science

    What was done
    The authors of this unique study compared “the physiological (stomatal-regulation) and modeled-growth responses of glacial and modern Juniperus trees at La Brea by using stable carbon isotope methodologies,” working with what they describe as “a very rare series of preserved Juniperus (C3) wood specimens that span a large portion of the last glacial period,” which are part of the Rancho La Brea tar pit fossil collection of the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    What was learned
    Values of both carbon isotope discrimination and the ratio of internal leaf to atmospheric CO2 concentration (ci/ca) at the time of the last glacial maximum were determined to be the same as those of today, implying that “leaves of full-glacial trees had extremely low calculated ci values (averaging 113 ppm) that were 25% lower than in leaves of postglacial trees (ci of 150 ppm between 7.665 and 12.450 kyr B.P.), and 40% lower than in leaves of modern trees (average ci of 187 ppm).”

    Noting that “previous studies with modern C3 plants indicate that ci values are highly scaleable to photosynthetic rate and growth, with particularly strong correlations occurring at low CO2 conditions (Polley et al., 1993; Sage and Coleman, 2001),” Ward et al. estimated that forest productivity was reduced by about 55% between modern and full-glacial ci values. Viewed from the perspective of forward-evolving history, this finding suggests that most of earth’s trees have already seen their productivity more than doubled by the aerial fertilization effect of the increase in the air’s CO2 concentration experienced over the past 12.5 thousand years.

    What it means
    Pointing out that the low Last Glacial Maximum ci values they found “were not unique to southern California, because glacial leaves of Pinus flexilis from the Great Basin exhibited ci values of 110 ppm (van de Water et al., 1994), supporting the notion that trees in nearby regions were also carbon-starved during the last glacial period,” Ward et al. ultimately conclude that “the productivity of ancient trees, along with other C3 species, was greatly diminished during the last glacial period.” The words carbon-starved are their choice for describing this situation, and they appear in several places throughout their paper. ….

    CO2 science lists a lot of other studies like Water Use Efficiency (General) For example under Stomatal Density(Response to CO2 — General) you find this study Stomatal Responses of Temperate Woodland Plants to Elevated CO2

    ….Over the past seven decades, the rising CO2 content of the air caused a significant reduction in the stomatal densities of 60 temperate woodland species. Consequently, this phenomenon likely lowered stomatal conductance and transpirational water loss, which likely contributed to an increase in plant water-use efficiency over this period. As the atmospheric CO2 concentration continues to rise, it is therefore likely that stomatal densities will continue to drop, thereby facilitating even greater reductions in transpirational water loss, which phenomenon can provide a biological impetus for expanding vegetation within arid and semi-arid desert regions.

    Trees during the Last Glacial Maximum: just cold or cold and starving?
    Summary

    During the cold glacials, global levels of atmospheric CO2 were as much as 30% lower than those of the recent pre-industrial past. Forests in the southern hemisphere were much more restricted during glacials than comparable forests in northern latitudes. Current theories fail to explain this extreme restriction. This project will explore the hypothesis that southern hemisphere trees, when carbon-starved by low glacial CO2, are highly vulnerable to low temperatures and drought. The physiological responses to CO2, temperature and drought will be measured in selected tree species with contrasting abundances under glacial conditions. Measurements will be made using leaf-level gas exchange, stable isotopic laser techniques and traditional growth analysis.

    Fossil evidence is increasingly used to validate models of climate change. Unless the influence of low CO2 on the growth and physiology of plants is understood, fossil evidence will yield a highly inaccurate picture of past climates and ecology. This project will transform our understanding of the full CO2 concentration spectrum which has shaped the evolutionary response of the flora and will certainly influence plant responses to atmospheric changes in the near future.

    Unfortunately the finished paper is not listed among her publications

    What evidence we have seems to indicate not only C3 plants stomata but animal lungs evolved to handle much higher quantities of CO2 and are ‘CO2 starved’ in the present atmosphere, that is not functioning at optimum levels.

  81. Dollars are allocated by county. Count each county 6 times, and each gets 6 times the money. That’s how this administration works. The extra county represents an “administrative fee”.

  82. Their connection of increased CO2 (what they like to call “carbon”) to asthma is a particularly devious one. They make that connection by virtue of pollen, a known trigger for asthmatic attacks. Since raised CO2 levels benefit plant growth, we have increased levels of pollen, which is how plants propagate. In a sane world, increased plant growth and vibrancy would be a good thing, pollen notwithstanding. But, in the insane world of Climatism the increased greening of the planet, resulting in more food available is a bad thing. It’s a sort of Through The Looking Glass mentality, where down is up and black is white. Perhaps Climatists should have their blood checked for mercury poisoning.

  83. One of the most ardent AGWs blogs with some occasional science in it, Gavin’s RealClimate, its latest entry has all of 92 comments in 25 days, while this post manages more than that in 12 hours. The AGW supporting politicians should be aware where the people’s power is.

  84. 126 cases of Lyme disease in the state. – thats .000000338 0.000338% of the population

    4,073 emergency room visits in California due to heat stress – thats . 000011 0.011% of the population

    32,700 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011 – thats .0000878 0.087% of the population

    Fixed.

    • ^^ Oh dear, now I’m really scared of heat stoke, asthma and Lyme disease /sarcasm .

  85. Boiler plate abuse! The USDA has also recently designated 31 counties each in both Wisconsin and Missouri as “primary natural disaster areas” due to recent weather-related damages.

  86. report claims there are 31 counties in Hawaii, when there are actually 5
    ====
    this is a report from the white house….
    …you know, the people that make laws, send reports to other countries, etc

    and they can’t even proof read

  87. Houston, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Rochester (?). From the Texas report. You mean someone is actually going to read these reports? I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

  88. The county thing appears to be a repetition of a USDA typo. It looks like when a staffer prepared a press release on the 2 counties in Hawaii that were designated as drought disaster areas, they erroneously copied and pasted a paragraph from the Missouri press release. (There were 31 drought disaster counties in Missouri).

    http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=edn&newstype=ednewsrel&type=detail&item=ed_20130109_rel_0009.html

    http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=edn&newstype=ednewsrel&type=detail&item=ed_20130109_rel_0011.html

  89. “Midwesterners will experience increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events due to climate change, including heat waves, floods, and lake-effect snow.” from the report.

    Lake-effect snow is COLD air moving over warm waters of the great lakes. HMMM.

  90. “California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution metric tons of carbon pollution” – JImmy Two Times, gangster from Goodfellas?

  91. With respect to the extremely small numbers of victims of asthma,
    Lyme disease, and heat stress cited for California:

    This is the White House that hyped gun control with the phrase:
    “If it saves just one life, it will be worth it.” Your logic and numbers
    mean nothing! EMOTION rules! You little people must not impede
    the march of regulation …. I mean CIVILIZATION!

  92. Come on fess up. You know you humans have ‘had a hand’ in angry summers and the like-

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/humans-had-hand-in-austs-record-summer/story-fni6ul2m-1226670930076

    ‘Dr Lewis said for the period of 2006 to 2020, modelling showed summers like 1998 would occur once every 16 years when only natural climate forces were at play.
    However, when human influences such as greenhouse gases were introduced, they happened almost one every two years.’

    We’ve only had completed Stevenson Screen rollout since 1910, after the First Fleet rolled up in 1788 and the usual suspects won’t accept higher temps and heat waves before the rollout as unreliable and anecdotal but you know how the ‘moi’ generation is nowadays.

  93. In 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in California emitted more than 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution …”

    Seems like there is a business opportunity here; capture that d*mn CARBON and burn it again!!!!

    /sarc (IN CASE a ‘librul’ or someone from the present administration reads the above)

    ,

  94. Hmmm … just curious, how are our ‘counterparts’ on the left receiving this?

    Have DeSmog blog, DU, ClimateProgress/ThinkProgress or ‘Dip’ Climate or ‘The Rabbet Runz’ commented on any of this?

    Are they perhaps properly embarrassed?

    Or are they playing it up?

    .

  95. Isn’t it a bit embarrasing to publish an article about the “Uproariously laughable” errors and “Embarrassing sloppiness” but failt to acknowledge the massive booboo in the percentage calculations that have been silently fixed?

    Just saying.

  96. Ryan says:
    June 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Unless you’re regularly feeding on coal or other ancient carbon I’m pretty sure the CO2 from breathing is fine.

    Wrong. If CO2 is to be considered a “pollutant”, then the source of said “pollutant” shouldn’t matter. Humans, therefore, by the act of breathing are in fact polluting.
    Furthermore, using the “logic” of the prez and the EPA, cows “pollute” with their methane, since methane is considered a potent ghg, and, while we’re at it, why not declare water vapor itself, the most significant ghg by far, a “pollutant”?

  97. Politics has become a pendulum in this country. This extreme leftism is only going to lead to extreme right policies on the next go-around. There aren’t enough moderates left to balance this thing, we are screwed. If BHO wants to see someone with their head in the sand he should look in the mirror, then he may want to look at that national debt of ours that will eventually rue the day. But perhaps a collapsed economy is exactly what the extreme left wants? It would be the quickest way to cut carbon emissions after all.

  98. RT says:
    June 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    “Politics has become a pendulum in this country. This extreme leftism is only going to lead to extreme right policies on the next go-around. There aren’t enough moderates left to balance this thing, we are screwed.”

    That’s funny. The wars go on, the NSA spying goes on, the deficit spending goes on, and you can discern a difference? Here in Germany all parties are Green parties. Over in the US, there’s no difference between Dems and Repubs. It’s called a Hegelian dialectic. Get over it. The game is rigged. They squabble over pseudo differences.

    And that’s how it has been planned:
    ““The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
    Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so the the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.””
    [Carrol Quigley, professor of Bill Clinton]

    http://www.newsofinterest.tv/video_pages_flash/politics/misc_neocon_globalist/caroll_quigley_trag_hope.php

  99. steveta_uk says June 27, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Isn’t it a bit embarrasing to publish an article about the “Uproariously laughable” errors and “Embarrassing sloppiness” but failt to acknowledge the massive booboo in the percentage calculations that have been silently fixed? …

    ” Perfect is the enemy of good ” ?

    or is it:

    ” Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. ”

    or as some have said:

    ” Secret of Adulthood: Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good. ” ?

    .AKA “Nitpicking” (A pastime of pointing out minor flaws or mistakes. Credit: wiki)

    Enjoy the balance of the evening steveta_uk, it looks to be about 10 minutes til 7 PM on my GMT clock.

    .

  100. DirkH says June 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Over in the US, there’s no difference between Dems and Repubs.

    Oh so WRONG DirkH.

    The 2nd group you mention is the battered ‘wife’ who just wants to be liked and will bend over and acquiesce to the demands of the former (when beaten up enough in the ‘press’ don’t you see).

    Your ‘powers of observations’ I thought were “aptus,” (meaning suited, fitted) enough to have made that observation. It is very difficult to make ‘peace’ and compromise with a wild-eyed group bent on self destruction and self-immolation as the first group seems ever so predisposed to do.

    .

  101. I want the EPA to do something about the greenhouse gas pollution in my town. Often the air gets so over saturated with greenhouse gas that it condenses out as a liquid. The city knows about this problem and has installed an underground network of pipes to collect and carry this liquid away. But rather than disposing of this liquid greenhouse gas so it does not reenter the atmosphere the city just dumps it outside the city limits. The resulting pool of liquid greenhouse gas is just enormous. The EPA needs to come and clean up the mess. The least they can do is cover the pool so as to prevent more greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere. Maybe they can find some way of sequestering it underground or destroying the greenhouse gas molecules altogether.

  102. “I want the EPA to do something about the greenhouse gas pollution in my town.” [William Haas 3:43PM 6/27/13]

    LOL. Me too! I am SICK of it. The French send us their nuclear reactor waste by product to “store,” ….. let’s send them our liquid sunshine. #[:)]

    (BTW I am completely FOR nuclear power — and we have plenty of room for the French waste)

  103. From the Louisiana sheet:
    “After a coastal storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita blanketed much of St. Tammany Parish in 2005, saltwater intruded into the Parish’s sole-source aquifer that provides most of the fresh water for the Parish.”

    First, the “blanketed much”. By land area, maybe 3% of St. Tammany Parish has been flooded by a hurricane in the last 8 years (Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Ida, Isaac). The rest of the parish is beyond 30 feet above sea level, some beyond 100 feet above.
    Second, I’ve no idea what aquifer they are speaking of. I live in St. Tammany, have a private well, and can say there is no shortage of water. Municipal and private water well systems work just fine and Katrina didn’t impact that in any way that I know of.

    Maybe, given the Hawaii counties, they just tried their best to name one Louisiana parish. Wrong one, but hey, they named one.

  104. Oh, Monsieur Philippe Jourdan, YOU could never be considered “waste.” When France sent us you, they sent their very best. Their loss was our gain. And, BTW, I was so very glad that you mentioned your wife recently. Your “it was for me, too” v. a v. the Meatloaf 2 out of 3 song, had me praying for your healing from that hurt. GLAD TO HEAR that you began a new, happy, chapter. (It’s likely been a few years, but, please accept my belated but wholehearted congratulations!).

    *************************
    @ Atmo Aggie, LOL. They must have been mighty desperate to get Katrina mentioned (you do know that was all Bush’s fault, heh, heh). It’s like Dope (or who-EVER cobbled that document together) forgot that people actually living in the places mentioned might pipe up and say something about it. All I can say is, thank-You-God that the Chicago thugs in D.C. are as dumb as they are… .

  105. “Oooh look, a squirrel.” [Keitho] LOL.

    Yeah, the Dopebama Gang’s modus operandi these days…

    Congressman Issa: We have a few questions about the lack of protection for our ambassador in Benghazi, Libya…

    Dope, et. al.: Ooo, look! A video tape!

    Issa: Today, we have some questions about the mirandizing of the Boston bomber suspect…

    Dope & Co.: Ooo, look! TSA changed its body scans from lifelike to the cartoon version.

    Issa: Now, what about all this I.R.S. harassment of conservatives?

    Dope & Co.: Oooo, look! Snowden just did something naughty.

    Issa: Sigh. And NOW, what about the N.S.A. spying on people?

    Dope & Co.: Oooo, look! Barack’s goin’ to AFRICA!

    Issa: Let’s get back to Fast and Furious — WHERE are those documents we requested?

    Dope & Co.: Ooooooo, looook!!!! CARBON POLLUTION — everywhere!

  106. I live in WV. Other than being unemployed and paying higher energy bills my state looks pretty golden.

  107. Pure unadulterated propaganda of course, but the scary part is it’s obvious they have been putting mega-hours into this propaganda effort, they didn’t write this over a weekend. We know it’s all lies, but the vast majority of the low info’s will eat this report up as the MSM starts to disseminate it. I have a forecast for America; heavy overcast with a chance of fail…

  108. $35,000 “AVERAGE” cost of treating someone with asthma “per visit”? I’m not saying that’s wrong — though it’s clearly inflated. If true then it points to a problem more serious than the asthma, someone milking the system for all they can. I have known dozens — perhaps hundreds — of people with asthma, including some with very severe, chronic cases. Some take expensive medication that might cost, oh, on the order of $500 per year. Some have been into emergency and treated with over the counter medications and stayed for a day or so for observation. If this sort of thing costs $35,000 on average, then we have a much bigger elephant in the room than asthma.

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