( Los Angeles Times / August 25, 2012 )
"Unfortunately, that's sort of the ridiculous pseudo-science garbage that's so common on the left on this issue. The real truth is getting out there, and I think citizens are really starting to push back."
--Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), in response to anecdotal evidence on global warming cited by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
The Midwest drought is having a disastrous impact not just on crops but on interstate trade, as the Mississippi River drops to levels that are slowing barge traffic to a crawl. Louisiana polticians, meanwhile, continue to push for more oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and a larger share of oil royalties for coastal states -- thus seeking to ensure that the greenhouse gas problem only gets worse.