The immediate threat climate change poses for South Dakota is to the state's largest economic sector: agriculture. As the planet warms, crippling droughts, volatile weather and worsening pest and disease outbreaks drastically will hamper our ability to grow food and fiber. Many scientists, including those at the United Nations, project yield losses between 30 to 60 percent because of the ravages of climate change [Donald Carr, "The Danger of Dithering about Climate Change," that Sioux Falls paper, 2010.03.09].
You know, Iraq used to be good farmland. Now human activity is responsible for turning 40 to 50 percent of what was good farmland as recently as the 1970s into desert.
Maybe our Legislators really do want more sand in South Dakota... so they can stick their heads in it.