Hagedorn’s Climate Solution: Just “Move People Around”
Recently at a town hall in Austin, Representative Jim Hagedorn was asked how he would tackle the climate crisis. His response demonstrated a complete lack of engagement on the issue:
Hagedorn argued that the climate has been changing since “God created the world.” He said he was opposed to the Green New Deal that would address climate change and economic inequality.
“When you get down to it, I’m not willing to risk the U.S. economy over it,” he said. “A better way to mitigate it would be to deal with the effects and move people around rather than turn the economy upside down.”
Unfortunately for Minnesota farmers, climate change is already having a severe negative effect on their businesses. Heavy rainfall has delayed the planting of corn earlier this year, which increased the risk that the corn would be killed by frost before maturing. The extra rainfall is also slowing down soybean harvesting.
According to climatologists at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there has been a 65% increase in the number of three inch rains and a 20% increase in the number of one inch rains. As the Environmental Defense Fund notes, “as more evaporation [due to climate change] leads to more moisture in the atmosphere, rainfall intensifies.”
Ken Martin, Chairman of the Minnesota DFL, released the following statement in response:
“‘Deal with it or move’ is not a real solution to the climate crisis that our planet is facing, and farmers who are suffering under an increase in severe weather events deserve real solutions from Congressman Hagedorn.
“Since taking office, Hagedorn has failed the people of Minnesota time and time again by placing his far-right ideology ahead of the needs of his constituents. That will change next November.”