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Frank Guinta is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Frank Guinta
New Hampshire

Asked "Do you believe that the theory of man-made climate change has been scientifically proven," Guinta responds "No."

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What climate change means for New Hampshire

  • In mountains along the Maine and New Hampshire border, snow depth decreased by 16 percent in recent years, affecting outdoor recreation industries like skiing and snowmobiling.
  • Changing temperature and precipitation patterns can affect the life cycle and distribution of insects, many of which transmit diseases that already pose problems to public health in New Hampshire. In 2010, there were 830 cases of Lyme disease in the state.
  • In New Hampshire, there were more than 1,000 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of close to $12,300 for each stay.
  • Since 2010, severe weather has caused $47 million in property damage.
  • Northeast states can expect more climate change related heat waves—with significantly more days above 90 degrees F—and flooding from sea level rise and extreme precipitation events. Even low-end projections anticipate that historical 100-year coastal floods will happen as often as every 22 years by the end of the century. There is $2.3 trillion of insured coastal property at risk in New York State alone. Northeasterners are already experiencing increased heavy precipitation. Extreme heat and declining air quality are expected to increase risk associated with respiratory problems and heat stress, both of which pose increasing problems for human health, especially in urban areas, and can result in increased hospitalizations and even premature death. Rising temperatures and carbon dioxide concentration increase pollen production and prolong the pollen season, increasing health risks for people with allergies. Agricultural production, including dairy, fruit, and maple syrup, are likely to be adversely affected as favorable climates shift, while the center of lobster fisheries is projected to continue its northward shift and the cod fishery on Georges Bank is likely to be diminished.

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