According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States, breaking the previous record held by 1998.  The average temperature last year was 55.3 degrees, which is 3.2 degrees higher than average and 1 degree higher than in 1998.  While immigration is not the only cause of this, it is certainly a factor.

The United States produces 18.3% of the world's CO2 emissions, only second to China's 23.5% -- even though China has well over 1 billion people.

According to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies, the United States' population will rise by about 127 million over the next 37 years, bringing our population to about 436 million in 2050.  Unchecked immigration will add 96 million people over this time period, accounting for three-quarters of this total.

Today, the U.S. produces 16 tonnes of CO2 emissions each day.  If mass immigration policies are not changed, we will be producing at least 24 million tonnes everyday by 2050.  In fact, immigration only increases the impact individuals have on the environment.  Once an individual moves from a less-developed country to the United States, his/her carbon footprint quadruples.

NOAA described the findings as part of a longer-term trend of hotter, drier, and potential more extreme weather.  Scientists partially blame cyclical weather patterns for the higher temperatures.  However, there is some evidence that human activity is contributing to the change in climate.

Learn more about how immigration will impact our CO2 emissions here.

Read more about NOAA's State of the Climate Report here.

Updated: Fri, Jan 11th 2013 @ 9:03am EST