Extreme weather disasters, fueled by global warming pollution, dominate the nation’s news, even as the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination vie to scorn the threat of climate change. Even those who purport to accept the science of global warming, such as Jon Huntsman Jr., argue that making our climate less deadly would hurt the economy.
The montage below is drawn from a few front-page headlines from the nation’s newspapers on Thursday and Friday, via the Newseum. From the record, killer wildfires in Texas to the record, killer floods in the Northeast, our nation is under attack by a poisoned climate system.
ThursdayBirmingham News (AL): “Thousands remain powerless in Lee’s wake”Florence TimesDaily (AL) “Flood warning issued”Fort Payne Times-Journal (AL): “Lee soaks DeKalb”Gadsden Times (AL): “Damage left in wake of Lee”Anchorage Daily News (AK): “Texas wildfires run amok”Casa Grande Dispatch (AZ): “Texas fires kill 4, destroy more than 1,000 homes”Arizona Republic: “No control yet on Texas wildfire”Prescott Daily Courier (AZ): “Supervisors give green light to wind farm”Yuma Sun (AZ): “Storm pummels tiny chapel”Fort Smith Times Record (AR): “Residents struggle with flooding”Hot Springs Sentinel-Record (AR): “Weather conditions lead to renewed burn ban”Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “Texas blazes consume 1,000 homes”Bakersfield Californian: “Left in ruins: Damage extensive as crews make gains against Canyon Fire”North County Times (CA): “Heavy surf leaves sandbar at harbor”Fresno Bee (CA): “Texas gets scorched”Lodi News-Sentinel (CA): “Texas is burning”Los Angeles Times (CA): “Texas calls for aid as fires worsen”Sacramento Bee (CA): “1,000 homes lost to fires”
FridayBergen County Record (NJ): “More floods, more misery”Parsippany Daily Record (NJ): “Assisting victims of flooding”Baltimore Sun (MD): “Another day of high water”Virginian-Pilot (VA): “Hurricane Irene did what the government didn’t: Deepen Oregon Inlet”Morning Call (PA): “State Swamped”Intelligencer (PA): “We never saw this one coming”Greensburg Tribune-Review (PA): “Central Pa. under top-level emergency”Harrisburg Patriot-News (PA): “Inundated”Lancaster Intelligencer Journal (PA): “Flood of death”Leighton Times-News (PA): “Waterlogged”Philadelphia Inquirer (PA): “Pennsylvania Swamped”Reading Eagle (PA): “Berks waterlogged”Scranton Times-Tribune (PA): “Swamped”Pocono Record (PA): “Pennsylvanians flee high water”Austin American-Statesman (TX): “Residents return to ‘war zone’”Houston Chronicle (TX): “Fast-moving fire edges toward Harris County”San Antonio Express-News (TX): “Who can return, to what, in Bastrop?”