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States of Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress

States of Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress

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The 10 states that received the most federal disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for climate-related extreme weather events elected 47 climate-science deniers to Congress.
The 10 states that received the most federal disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for climate-related extreme weather events elected 47 climate-science deniers to Congress.

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1Center or American Progress | States o Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress
States of Denial: States with the MostFederal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress
Daniel J. Weiss, Jackie Weidman, and Stephanie Pinkalla September 11, 2013
Te Unied Saes suered rom numerous exreme weaher evens in 2011 and 2012.In ac, here were 25 severe sorms, oods, droughs, hea waves, and wildres ha eachcaused more han $1 billion in economic damages, wih a oal price ag o $188 billion.
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 o help communiies recover rom hese violen weaher evens, he ederal governmenspen nearly $62 billion or disaser relie in scal years 2011 and 2012.
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Tese ederalunds only cover a porion o recovery coss; privae insurance and individuals harmed by he evens also spen billions o dollars.Tere is recen evidence ha climae change played a role in he exreme weaher evenso 2012. Te recenly released analysis rom he American Meeorological Sociey deer-mined ha:
 Approximaely hal he analyses ound some evidence ha anhropogenically causedclimae change was a conribuing acor o he exreme even examined, hough heeecs o naural ucuaions o weaher and climae on he evoluion o many o heexreme evens played key roles as well.
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Ineresingly, many o he saes ha received he mos ederal recovery aid o cope wihclimae-linked exreme weaher have ederal legislaors who are climae-science deniers.Te 10 saes ha received he mos ederal recovery aid in FY 2011 and 2012 eleced 47climae-science deniers o he Senae and he House.
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Nearly wo-hirds o he senaorsrom hese op 10 recipien saes voed
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graning ederal emergency aid o New  Jersey and New York afer Supersorm Sandy.
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Inormaion on ederal disaser-relie spending is essenial o help Congress and he Obamaadminisraion budge enough unds o assis communiies wih damages rom uureexreme weaher evens. Tis issue brie provides he rs-known comprehensive esimaeo ederal disaser-recovery spending on a sae-by-sae basis. Federal and individual saegovernmens need hese daa o beter budge unds o help communiies recover rom
 
2Center or American Progress | States o Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress
uure sorms, oods, droughs, hea waves, and wildres, as scieniss warn ha climaechange will increase he incidences o exreme weaher.
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Tis inormaion also shows ederalaxpayers how money or disaser relie has been spen during he pas wo years.Te esimaes in his issue brie are derived rom sae-specic ederal scal oulay daa ordisaser-recovery programs in FY 2011 and 2012. Te brie includes sae spending daarom six ederal deparmens ha provide ederal unds or hese purposes. A leas one addiional program is no included in his analysis because he relevan depar-men was unable or unwilling o provide sae-specic oulay daa. Wih he increasing cosand requency o exreme severe weaher evens, he ederal governmen
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make sae- by-sae daa on disaser-recovery spending publicly and readily available. As he ollowing map shows,he 10 saes ha received hemos ederal disaser relie areprimarily arm saes in he plainsand he Midwes.
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Tese saessuered billions o dollars o croplosses due o prolonged droughin 2011 and 2012.
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Tis neces-siaed an esimaed $28 billionin crop insurance expendiuresin FY 2011 and 2012, whichcomprised a majoriy o hespending or disaser programs where we could ideniy sae-by-sae expendiures. (See able 1 below, and see he atached Excelspreadshee or he spending daa by program and sae.)
FIGURE 1
Top 10 recipients of federal disaster aid, fiscal years 2011 and 2012
TXLANDSDNEKSIAMOILIN
 
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TABLE 1
Federal disaster-relief spending by program with individual state data,FY 2011-12
Federal disaster-relief spendingTotal spending, FY 2011–2012(in millions of dollars)
Department of Agriculture Crop Insurance$28,239Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund$8,824Army Corps of Engineers disaster-recovery programs$3,018Department of Agriculture Farm Service disaster-recovery programs$2,839Department of Agriculture Fire Suppression$2,216Department of Transportation Federal Highway Emergency Relief$2,140Small Business Administration Disaster Loans$1,417Department of Commerce Economic Adjustment Assistance$206Federal Emergency Management Agency Fire Management Assistance$80
Total$48,979
Source: Data compiled by CAP from federal agencies. (see Appendix)
TABLE 2
Federal disaster-recovery spending by state ranked by amount
State Federal spending(in millions of dollars)SpendingRank President andsecretary of agricul-ture disaster desig-nations 2011-2012Number of climatescience deniers in con-gressional delegationSenators vote on Sandy aidH.R. 152
TX$5,252 15618Cornyn NO; Cruz NOIL$4,167 234Durbin Yes; Kirk NOND$3,428 362Heitkamp Yes; Hoevan YesIA$2,758 432Grassley NO; Harkin YesKS$2,734 563Moran NO; Roberts NOLA$2,570 655Landrieu Yes; Vitter YesMO$2,466 744Blunt NO; McCaskill YesNE$2,103 864Fischer NO; Johanns NOIN$1,919 954Coats NO; Donnelly YesSD$1,889 1041T Johnson Yes; Thune NONY$1,748 1141Gillibrand Yes; Schumer YesCA$1,222 1298Boxer Yes; Feinstein YesAL$1,048 1355Sessions NO; Shelby YesMN$970 1452Franken Yes; Klobuchar YesOK$927 15385Coburn NO; Inhofe NONC$865 1655Burr NO; Hagan YesKY$847 1744McConnell NO; Paul NOOH$822 1847Brown Yes; Portman NONJ$792 19173Lautenberg Yes; Menendez YesPA$764 2048Casey Yes; Toomey NOMS$739 2152Cochran Yes; Wicker Yes

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