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Joe Wilson is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Joe Wilson
South Carolina

When asked if he believes that human activity is contributing to climate change, Rep. Wilson answered "no."


What climate change means for South Carolina

  • Ten extreme weather events that cost over one billion dollars have impacted South Carolina in the past five years.
  • 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.
  • 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.