By Josh Marks

The 5 Hottest U.S. States — And Their Legislators Who Deny Climate Change

January 10, 2013 7:34 am Category: Memo Pad 25 Comments A+ / A-

“Red state” has a new meaning beyond being reliably Republican. The red now stands for record high temperatures.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week what anyone who walked outside their front door last year already knows — 2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental United States.

The lower 48 states experienced an average temperature of 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit (12.9 ºC), which is 3.2 degrees above the 20th-century average and the highest average temperature in 118 years of recordkeeping dating back to 1895 — 19 states experienced the warmest year on record, mostly in the Plains and Midwest.

Last year also experienced the second-most extreme weather in recorded history, and with rainfall down significantly, the wildfire season was the third most destructive in history. And during the past decade, the ratio between high temperatures and low temperatures has been 2 to 1 in favor of warmer temperatures, the clearest indication that the climate is warming.

Rapid global warming is taking place at the same time that media coverage of climate change is decreasing, and the subject was nearly nonexistent in the recent president election — although President Obama recently stated that addressing climate change and increasing domestic, clean energy would be a top priority in his second term.

Ironically, many of the elected leaders from the states most affected by climate change are themselves the biggest global warming deniers on Capitol Hill, and have fought against any policies that would reduce fossil fuel emissions and boost clean energy.

Here are five red states that experienced their warmest year on record and their climate change-denying elected officials.

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  • nobsartist

    Too bad we place so much emphasis on drug testing as a requirement for employment yet we dont give intelligence tests to politicians.

    ALL people working for the taxpayer should submit to daily blood tests for drugs and yearly sanity and intelligence tests.

    • TonyinMO

      We should start with these so called “journalist” that write these fairy tales! If anyone is stoned it’s those that still believe global warming exists.

  • lambypie

    Sounds like a great idea.

  • TonyinMO

    This article is a joke it’s titled “The 5 Hottest U.S. States — And Their Legislators Who Deny CLIMATE CHANGE”

    Ironically, many of the elected leaders from the states most affected by climate change are themselves the biggest GLOBAL WARMING deniers on Capitol Hill.

    I believe in climate change it’s been going on since the beginning of time. Global warming on the other hand is a crock of sh!t and we all know it! Go cry to AL Gore!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

      Please get a library card and use it to educate yourself. The science behind global climate change is really not the difficult to understand. The workings of the greenhouse effect have been well understood for well over a hundred years. Of course climate change has always taken place, but the changes in the past 50 years go against your argument.

      • TonyinMO

        Seriously only the mentally unstable are still buying into the whole global warming hoax. If anybody needs a library card it’s you, but I’d suggest you learn to read first.

        • mah101

          Sorry Tony, you’re wrong. The facts are well established. The scientific community is absolutely certain of warming. There is no scientific debate. The only debate is taking place in the political realm among those who don’t have two neurons to rub together or who have a vested interest in denying it for political or financial gain.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

          Only those who have little or no understanding of science believe that it’s a hoax canard. The argument is not the reality of global climate change…it is the cause. Even Lindsen, one of the leading skeptics, says you can’t argue with temp gauges. Not to mention nearly every academy of science in the world. Get a grip on reality friend.

          • TonyinMO

            Yawn. I like that story, can you tell me that again.

          • metrognome3830

            Why bother telling you again. You still wouldn’t understand the second time, or the third time, or ever. You will believe as you do until your tiny little brain fries in the heat. But don’t let us stop you from enjoying your ignorance, Tony the troll.

          • TonyinMO

            It would appear to me you simply don’t have a brain to fry, why are you so worried about the heat, Chicken Little?

          • metrognome3830

            You don’t have a brain big enough to allow you to judge anyone else’s brain, Tony the troll. You are simply an idiot savant who has learned to repeat whatever he is told by his handlers. And that’s all I have to say to you. Now go away.

          • TonyinMO

            I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and sh!t out a smarter statement than that.

            If you’re gonna be a smartass, first you have to be smart. Otherwise you’re just an @$$.

          • http://www.facebook.com/warren.nicholson.77 Warren Nicholson

            In your case a 1/2 @$$.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Maricle/100003742613480 Mike Maricle

          It Jan. 10th, and it is RAINING here in Minnesota!

          • TonyinMO

            Can you please supply me with data to support your insinuation that because it’s Jan in Minnesota that it has never rained before and therefore it’s the fault of global warming.

  • http://twitter.com/Bridget0120 Bridget McCurry

    Fuck this article, why can’t y’all put it in one column? The umpteen pages make a quick perusal impossible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Maricle/100003742613480 Mike Maricle

      Potty Mouth

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    You can’t fix stupid. Ignorance is entirely a different story. Facts do matter no matter your ideology and fixed world view.

    • http://www.facebook.com/richard.a.rice.5 Richard Atwood Rice

      Facts? What facts? I refuse to believe people who tell me “It’s a fact” if I believe they are liars. (Politicians are liars, you can be sure of that.)

  • TonyinMO

    mah101 sorry to hear about your neuron deficiency. The scientific community is also certain about cooling. Nice try now run along you need all the friction you can get.

  • english_teacher

    Ignore the latest troll. He is easily identified.

  • commserver

    The hot air that is coming out of these people’s mouths is exceeded only by the void it is coming from.

  • Sierra111

    Maybe God is trying to send these men a message and they are refusing to listen?

  • onedonewong

    and 3 years ago that same federal agency said that we were beginning a cooling trend. Bottom line is if and that’s a big if the planet warms by 5 degrees so what. what makes todays climate “ideal” The planet has gone thru numerous warnings and cooling over the millennium and for some reason todays climate is the “ideal’ one???

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