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Jeff Duncan is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Jeff Duncan
South Carolina

"I don't believe in climate change. I don't believe in man... I believe the climate is changing, but I don't believe it's man driven."

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What climate change means for South Carolina

  • In 2009, there were 1,175 emergency room visits in South Carolina due to heat stress.
  • In South Carolina, there were close to 5,900 hospital admissions for asthma related illness in 2011, with an average charge of more than $18,200 for each stay.
  • Ten extreme weather events that cost over one billion dollars have impacted South Carolina in the past five years.
  • 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.