Texas Is Getting Hotter Faster Than Almost Any State in the Country

Categories: Environment

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Happy summer, y'all
Baby, it's really freaking hot outside. And it's only getting hotter, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Texas has landed itself toward the top of another undesirable list, according to a recent federal climate data study by the Associated Press. The AP analyzed weather trends from the National Climatic Data Center, and found that Texas is one of the fastest warming states in the continental United States. The hottest months are currently sitting around 2.8 degrees hotter last year than they were in 1984.

So it's little surprise to know that we Texans can expect, by the year 2100, around 150 days per year of 90-plus degrees weather. Researchers say that's likely due to increased drought conditions in the southwest United States, which exacerbate and raise already high summer temperatures.

In 2011, the United States was responsible for 5.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, up from 5.1 billion tons in 1992. We are a leading contributor to carbon emissions, second only to China.

The Obama administration, as part of a sweeping move to reduce climate change, released a plan on Monday to reduce national carbon emission levels by 30 percent by 2030. As part of that initiative, Texas was informed it must reduce carbon emissions by 39 percent.

Predictably, this sent Governor Rick Perry into a fact-light fit about Texas' allegedly improving environment. From his air-conditioned Austin office, Perry released a statement in response to Obama's initiative, calling it "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans," and defending the state's environmental record:

The air Texans breathe today is cleaner than it was in 2000, even as our population has grown by nearly 5.2 million people. Furthermore:

- Over the last 10 years, Texas has added more than twice the jobs of any other state;
statewide, from 2000-2012, nitrogen oxide levels from industrial sources were reduced by 62.5 percent; and from 2000-2012 ozone levels were reduced by 23 percent, a 12 percent greater reduction than the national average.

Environmentalists (and our own Patrick Williams) countered with facts, pointing out that it's likely those regulations Perry so loathes that are helping improve Texas' miserable environmental record.



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18 comments
xdarkridex
xdarkridex

Man, I was gonna come on here and say 'quick, find a way to blame Rick Perry' but you already did!  Curse you, Obs, foiled again!

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Notice they left off the fun Summer of 1980. 

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

Now, I may be missing something, but as we sit here 5 days deep in June and we've only had a day or two that even got close to 100 degrees, I'm seeing shades of that blissful summer of 2007.  I know that most places in the world consider 90 degrees a climate emergency, but we're talking about summer in Texas-90 is a joy, especially with a nice breeze.  Let's hold off the complaining until it's officially hot.

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

Probably all that hot air coming out of the mouths of Californians that migrate here.

tdkisok
tdkisok

Way to go TEXAS!!!! 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Just keep watering than lawn, and building them golf courses, it's all good.

enrique7718
enrique7718

darn its gonna be a hot summer biking home... need extra sunblock...

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Whew, I got the hell outta there just in time.

doublecheese
doublecheese

Drought begets heat, heat begets drought.  The evaporative cooling of ground moisture helps a great deal.   It's one of the reasons August is hotter than June.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

@WhiteWhale That one doesn't fit in the climate change narrative so neatly, so we'll just pretend it didn't happen. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@russell.allison1

Your pleasant temperatures are likely due to climate change.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Yet, there you sit, all day long, kvetching and complaining about a place you live 1,500 miles away from.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@doublecheese

Denier.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

@TheRuddSki

I guess I've been living under the misguided assumption that the climate has ALWAYS been changing in one way or another.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I'm working on two websites and answering emails from prospective employees while watching Hatari! and enjoying the cool breeze, I may fire up some hydro, then go kayaking if the rain holds off. Rough life.

As for kvetching about Texas, I do it less than most, including you. Got any more complaints?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@sotiredofitall

As long as those costs don't exceed $1.87.

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