OUCH!: A Regular Bulletin on How Money in Politics Hurts You

* Ratio of extreme weather related disasters worldwide, 1990s versus 1950s, a probable result of global warming: 5:1.* Number deaths worldwide attributed to extreme weather during the 1990s: 330,129.* Federal campaign contributions from oil and gas, mining, electric utilities, and auto industry in the 1998 elections: $48.2 million.* Federal campaign contributions from environmental groups in 1998 elections: $814,712.* Status of U.S. approval of 1997 Kyoto Protocol global climate change treaty, which requires Senate ratification: stalled.* Estimated number of hogs killed by Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina in September 1999: nearly 30,000.* Ratio of North Carolina hog farms located in an area with highest minority population compared to those areas with highest white population, adjusted to account for fact that farms are likely to be located in rural areas: 6:1.* Chance that a North Carolina hog farm is located in an area where households depend on wells for drinking water: 1:3.* Contributions and "issue-ad" expenditures by hog industry to influence North Carolina elections in 1996 and 1998: $3 million.* Contributions to federal campaigns from livestock and poultry industry in 1998: $3.5 million.* Status of federal legislation that would strengthen environmental regulation of livestock operations: stalled.For more information (and for detailed sourcing on these statistics) go to www.publicampaign.org.

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