Drought: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, April 27, 2006 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Jim DeMint: "So, this morning we're going to be discussing severe drought. And I look forward to your testimony. It's an issue we occasionally have in South Carolina, but not nearly as often as we do in the Midwest. So, I, again, appreciate your being here, and the whole point is to develop some constructive recommendations on how this committee and this Congress can be more effective in supporting states and communities in dealing with drought. So, this hearing dovetails with a lot of other hearings that we've had this year. We've had one in Myrtle Beach, on hurricanes. I just got back last week from San Francisco, a hearing on earthquakes. Senator Boxer participated with me. And many times as we think about disasters we don't think about droughts, but those of you in the Midwest who have gone through it know how severe the impact is. Estimates are that the cost of droughts have been $6 to $8 billion to the whole U.S. economy in a year. We know there are numerous fires that have resulted from droughts. In the year 2000, with that wildfire season, it was particularly destructive, with $2 billion in losses. And probably most importantly, droughts can threaten lives. In 1988, from the drought and the hot weather, we had over 5,000 Americans whose deaths were attributed either to the dry weather or the hot weather. So, this is an important problem to the country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: E. Benjamin Nelson, Jim Geringer, Chester J. Koblinsky, and Donald A. Wilhite.
S. Hrg. 109-1113; Senate Hearing 109-1113
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