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. 😉

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Tom J

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).

George A

“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.

daddyjames

What is the definition of pollution?

“Carbon pollution” does cause hotdrywetcold

Philip Peake

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.

RoyFOMR

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.

starzmom

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.

Dr. John M. Ware

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.

thingodonta

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.

Latitude

climate change = 1/2 a degree

Brian H

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.

Latitude

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

DEEBEE

Ahmed the dead terrorist does a better job at being scarier

Fred

What? No mutant sharks?

Excuse me Mr. President, there hasn’t been any climate change for the last 17 years, mission complete, take a bow, move on.

Thinker

“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.
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/2865/xkbx.jpg
In fact the Arctic is no hotter than it was in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.
http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/5030/pso0.jpg
Is there a super-imposed 60 year natural cycle that caused all the alarm during the 30 years of rising prior to 1998? Yes.
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2496/otc3.png
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.

According to the EPA. ozone and particulate pollution are the problem with asthma. No mention of CO2.
http://www.epa.gov/airnow/asthma-flyer.pdf
The descent into psuedo-science accelerates.

Dena

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.

John Endicott

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

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.
Oxygen is also poisonous.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_toxicity

Dave Walker

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

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

gregole

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.

pkatt

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.

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.

jtwilson777@gmail.com

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.

PaulH

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

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.

Larry Ledwick (hotrod)

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.

Larry Ledwick (hotrod)

Drat wrong style of format tags —

Layne Blanchard

The Thirty First County used to be the 57th state, until they left the union.

chris y

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.

Dave in Delaware

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

therapist1900

In Maryland they actually had to mention increases in lyme disease. Really???

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

TimO

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!

OssQss

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?

Just Steve

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).

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.

AndyG55

GOODBYE, AMERICA. !!

JohnOfEnfield

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

Is it Hydrogen pollution when I pee?

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.

ferdberple

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…

EthicallyCivil

What about dihyrdous monoxide pollution? Clearly H2O is a danger to HI residents.

Bernie McCune

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

Lee

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.

david purcell

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.

Lil Fella from OZ

Yes, he is on it! But the question, what is he on?

Gunga Din

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?

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.