While thousands of youth climate activists gathered in our nation’s capital to mobilize a clean energy economy at the Power Shift conference, the most violent stormfront in U.S. history delivered death and destruction, ripping “through 14 states and left at least 45 people dead over the weekend.” Wide swaths of the country look like bombed-out war zones, with homes and lives ripped asunder by our polluted, dangerous climate. After 22 people died in her state, Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-NC) declared a state of emergency but remains unaware about the nature of the threat we face:
I’ve seen a lot of damage in North Carolina over the years, but this is the most catastrophic I’ve ever seen. We always bounce back and we’ll be fine in the long run.
This stormfront shattered records as it destroyed communities. This was the “largest tornado outbreak connected to a single storm system in US history.” “The National Weather Service documented 12 tornadoes in northern and central Wisconsin, a record outbreak for the month of April.” “The same storm system that spawned more than 240 tornadoes to the South brought record rainfall to Philadelphia and other areas.”
While Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) is off campaigning for president, his lieutenant governor declared a state of emergency for at least 14 Mississippi counties. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) “declared a state of emergency on Sunday after spring storms killed at least seven people in the Commonwealth.” Gov. Robert Bentley (R-AL) has “declared a state of emergency for all Alabama counties after tornadoes and strong storms swept across the state,” killing one.
Meanwhile, Texas continues to burn due to record-shattering drought. “In a letter sent to President Barack Obama late Saturday afternoon, Gov. Rick Perry requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas as a result of widespread wildfires and continuing fire danger across the state.” Perry is suing the federal government over its finding that global warming pollution threatens the people of the United States.