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Gary Palmer is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Gary Palmer
Alabama

"'The science that shows we haven't had a temperature increase in 17 or 18 years,' he said. 'The science that says global climate change is more a function of nature and solar activity than it is anything man does.'"

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What climate change means for Alabama

  • Alabama suffered more than $9 million in damage as a result of Tropical Storm Ida in 2009 and $14 billion in damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
  • In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 14 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to drought.
  • Flooding in April 2009 cost Alabama more than $25 million in damage to roads and buildings.
  • Sea level rise, dangerous storm surges, and intense hurricanes already pose serious threats to coastal cities in the Southeast, and climate change will intensify these impacts. The Southeast experienced two billion-dollar extreme weather events in 2012. Decreased water availability is very likely to affect the region’s economy as well as its natural systems. By the end of this century, much of the Southeast will experience more than 100 days above 90°F, which in the absence of adaptive actions is expected to lead to more heat-stress related illness and deaths, decreased agricultural production, and negative impacts on fish and wildlife. Warmer temperatures accelerate formation of smog in urban areas, exacerbating respiratory problems such as asthma.

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