2012 Republicans May Not Believe in Climate Change, But Your Insurance Company Does

“I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man…is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors.”  ~ Rick Santorum,

“I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring.” ~ Newt Gingrich

“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” ~ Mitt Romney

“There is no consensus in the scientific community that global warming is getting worse or that it is man-made.” ~ Ron Paul

2011 was a record high year for disasters: Hurricane Irene, a blizzard, the floods in Mississippi and the wildfires in Texas. Not to mention hundreds of tornadoes including the Joplin, Missouri tornado that devastated the city.

The 2012 Republican candidates may deny the significance of this catastrophic year, but big insurance companies are not. NPR reported earlier this week that insurance company giants such as State Farm and Travelers will be raising its rates this year, to reflect current climate change trends.

Though many Republicans are known to flip-flop on the issue of climate change most climate scientists agree. In fact, 97% of climate scientists believe that the earth is warming. With a little bit of research, it is clear that we the people are the cause of this warming.

The number of natural disasters in the United States last year correlates with this view.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that:

  • the number of severe weather events in the United States costing a minimum of $1 billion increased from about 1.2 per year in the early 1980s to about 5 in the 2000s, and
  • 2011 saw a record high of 14 such events.

Al Lewis of The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch said it best, “If anyone is going to feel a rise in global temperature — and the destructive weather it causes around the planet — it’s the people who have to pay for the damage.” Like the canine that knows a storm is coming, the companies that provide insurance to many Americans are tucking their tales and admitting that climate change is happening. The companies may not say it in words, but you can be sure they will say it with their rates.

 

 

 

 

 

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