While members of Congress vie to kill action on global warming pollution, our superheated climate is wreaking daily havoc on the lives and livelihoods of Americans. A “squall line stretching 900 miles from Louisiana to Ohio” chewed up the country on Monday to deadly effect, killing six and knocking out power to over 500,000 households with about one million people:
“At least six people have been killed in the South as fast-moving spring storms packing high winds, hail and lightning blew through the region, uprooting trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.” [AP]
“An auto plant in Christian, KY, took a direct hit from a tornado that shattered the aluminum structure and injured seven workers,” [WBIR]
The storms knocked out electricity to about 50,000 customers in Memphis, over 58,000 customers in Nashville, over 170,000 customers in Georgia, and 260,000 customers in the Carolinas. [AP; WXIA; WSOC]
Our polluted climate system isn’t just bringing freakishly dangerous storms that overwhelm our aging infrastructure. The Wall Street Journal reports that “U.S. corn futures settled at a new high as concerns that federal forecasters would slash the outlook for supplies provided fresh fuel to a 10-month rally in prices.” Since last summer, “corn futures have more than doubled,” fueled by an unfriendly climate.
While oil CEOs enjoy record pay packages, the Washington DC metro area baked under record high temperatures, reaching 86 degrees at BWI, 85 F at National, and 84 F at Dulles around 5 PM. Petersburg, VA reached a sizzling 90 F. Corpus Christi, TX, hit 96 degrees, 7 degrees higher than the previous April 4th record.