Monday, January 9, 2012

Recent weather history

Nine months ago, April 14-16 2011, a massive tornado outbreak hit the American southeast, killing over 40 people.  There were at least 178 separate tornadoes in 16 different US states.  Two weeks later, April 25-28, there was an even larger outbreak, with at least 359 tornadoes and 343 deaths.  That time, they hit 21 states.

Both times, South Carolina was on the list of states hit.

When the candidates head down to SC on Wednesday, they may find voters who care a great deal more about climate change than those in Iowa or New Hampshire, and may not be as willing to support politicians who flip flop, censor books, pretend the evidence isn't clear enough for action, obfuscate with accusations of left-wing conspiracies, or flat out lie on the subject.*  It is even possible that experience of extreme weather will have turned voters liberal on environmental issues

I'm stocking up on popcorn for this one.

* If you don't feel like following the links, those are (in order): Huntsman, Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, and Paul.

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