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 Unied Saes suered rom numerous exreme weaher evens in 2011 and 2012.In ac, here were 25 severe sorms, oods, droughs, hea waves, and wildres ha eachcaused more han $1 billion in economic damages, wih a oal price ag o $188 billion.
o help communiies recover rom hese violen weaher evens, he ederal governmenspen nearly $62 billion or disaser relie in scal years 2011 and 2012.
Tese ederalunds only cover a porion o recovery coss; privae insurance and individuals harmed by he evens also spen billions o dollars.Tere is recen evidence ha climae change played a role in he exreme weaher evenso 2012. Te recenly released analysis rom he American Meeorological Sociey deer-mined ha:
Approximaely hal he analyses ound some evidence ha anhropogenically causedclimae change was a conribuing acor o he exreme even examined, hough heeecs o naural ucuaions o weaher and climae on he evoluion o many o heexreme evens played key roles as well.
Ineresingly, many o he saes ha received he mos ederal recovery aid o cope wihclimae-linked exreme weaher have ederal legislaors who are climae-science deniers.Te 10 saes ha received he mos ederal recovery aid in FY 2011 and 2012 eleced 47climae-science deniers o he Senae and he House.
Nearly wo-hirds o he senaorsrom hese op 10 recipien saes voed
graning ederal emergency aid o New Jersey and New York afer Supersorm Sandy.
Inormaion on ederal disaser-relie spending is essenial o help Congress and he Obamaadminisraion budge enough unds o assis communiies wih damages rom uureexreme weaher evens. Tis issue brie provides he rs-known comprehensive esimaeo ederal disaser-recovery spending on a sae-by-sae basis. Federal and individual saegovernmens need hese daa o beter budge unds o help communiies recover rom