Oklahoma Congressman Hasn't "Seen Reports" on Climate Disruption, so We Googled them for him
Oklahoma Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin represents a state plagued in recent years by devastating tornadoes, droughts, and storms - severe weather that has disrupted life for hundreds of thousands of residents, exacerbated by climate change. There have been nearly 40 weather disaster declarations across the state since 2011 -- so it would be natural to think that the Congressional delegation from the state would be eager to take action to address the crisis. Well, think again. When approached by ThinkProgress recently, Representative Mullin denied there was even a problem. Check out his comments here:
MULLIN: I haven't seen the reports that would get me to believe that anything’s different than the patterns that we had that we've gone through through the time of records.
Haven't seen the reports? Let us google that for you, Congressman Mullin.
Here's the draft of federal government's climate assessment report - an ongoing project authored by 240 scientists that asserts - point blank - that "climate change is already affecting the American people."
In fact, two authors FROM Oklahoma contributed to the section on the effects of climate disruption on Great Plains state like the one where Mullin's constituents live. What'd they find?
The number of days with temperatures over 100 degrees Farenheit are expected to quadruple my mid-century
The number of days when Oklahoma will get no precipitation will increase
Water supplies will decrease, constraining development and stressing natural resources while increasing competition for water
Livestock and agricultural production will be stressed, potentially moving these operations further north
Communities already experiencing extreme weather will only be stressed further by more frequent storms and droughts
And the magnitude of these changes will be much greater than anything we’ve seen in the last 100 years.
And there's more. Scientists just down the road from Mullin's district at the University of Oklahoma in Norman have worked on major research reports highlighting the serious risks of climate change and how Oklahoma policy makers should respond.
Markwayne Mullin may not be a scientist, but he should at least listen to those who are. Their reports aren't hard to find, whether he is in Washington or Oklahoma -- and they are sounding the alarm bell for climate action now.
---Lauren Lantry, Sierra Club Media Team