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5 Democrats who don't get global warming

By: Shea Gunther on Jan. 18, 2010, 12:11 p.m.
Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson

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Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson

Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson thinks global warming will be good for farmers. Last year he told reporters that farmers in his state say global warming is going to be great for them because it will allow them to grow more corn. This despite clear evidence that the opposite is true — even moderate increases in temperatures will slash crop yields. A USDA report found that a 2-degree rise in temperatures would cost Minnesota farmers $135 million a year from reduced yields.

Peterson did eventually vote for the American Clean Energy and Security Act but only after weakening the bill with concessions to the agricultural industry. Interestingly enough, agricultural services and products was the top industry making contributions to Peterson's campaign in 2009. Funny how that works.