President Obama ties MS severe weather to carbon pollution - - Jackson, MS

President Obama ties MS severe weather to carbon pollution

WASHINGTON, D. C (Mississippi News Now) -

In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, and to prepare our country for the impacts of climate change. During his speech, the president used Mississippi as an example of a state with a huge amount of carbon pollution and also costly severe weather events over the past five years.

The president pointed out that in 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in Mississippi emitted more than 35 million metric tons of carbon pollution, equal to the yearly pollution from more than 7.5 million cars.

He tied that to the recent impact on public health and costs due to extreme weather in the state.

"Although we cannot say that climate change is responsible for any individual event, climate change is already increasing our risks from these events," the president added.

  • In the fall of 2012, Mississippi received over $50 million in FEMA assistance grants to begin recovery after Tropical Storm Isaac.  
  • In 2011 alone, hazardous weather events killed 40, injured 219, and cost Mississippi $1.7 billion.  
  • Mississippi has received at least one Major Disaster Declaration every year since 2008 due to severe storms; during the same period, three Emergency Disasters Declarations also were issued for smaller-scale storms and/or major flooding incidents.

President Obama says his program of Investing in Clean Energy, the United States has more than doubled its use of renewable energy from wind, solar and geothermal sources. Since 2009, the administration  has supported tens of thousands of renewable energy projects throughout the country, including nearly 20 in Mississippi.


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