Extreme Weather in U.S. Caused $19 Billion in Damage in 2014

An article from ThinkProgress found that extreme weather inside the United States, in 2014, alone, caused $19 billion in damages.


Hey look, my home state, hosting the leading deniers of climate change, is number 1 on the list! That is, the state with most damage. Ironic, perhaps (although not certain).

Without attempting to draw too many lines…

Do you think these numbers will only increase as weather extremes are more frequently produced? What are your thoughts on the real consequences of climate change? Does putting it in terms of real dollar signs help the argument?

I think so. Fortunately (and unfortunately), many, especially politicians, respond to $$$ signs. I think this tool could be useful for promoting environmentalism – we are suffering tangible consequences to climate change, therefore we should do….

Perhaps it will help get the ball rolling in discussion with climate deniers: citizens and representatives.

Here’s an excerpt of thought regarding the issue…

“Evidence shows that we are living in an era of extreme weather,” the report said. “If trends continue, the government must increase investments in resilience strategies, such as climate-smart pre-disaster mitigation, fortified infrastructure, sustainable resource management planning, and scientific research.”

To read the full article, click here


About tkvogelsang

I'm a people person. I enjoy pointed conversation and mature debate. I admire the great thinkers: those who uplifted reason, scholar, and secondary opinion. I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but find i'm nothing like the people there. I'm liberal, but no Democrat; peaceful, but no pacifist; competitive, but no capitalist; ambitious, but no elitist; a "Buddhist Athiest" (someone who reads and strives to follow the Buddha's teachings, but avid skeptic) raised Christian; and many other dichotomies. In many ways, I'm surprised to be the product I am. I love the outdoors. I love gardening, admire sustainable creation and design, endorse creative thinking and problem solving, and strive to learn as much as I possibly can. I am in a constant search for more travel. Travel, to me, is of utmost importance. It opens the mind and heart. I have many mothers because of it. I have many families that have taken me in and treated me as their own child. It's experiences like these that are not discovered at home, and worth experiencing. Just do. Go. You'll like it.
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