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Lynn Westmoreland is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia

Westmoreland, who isn't convinced that global warming is occurring, denied that he was trying to divert attention from Gore's testimony.

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Also filed a petition with EPA claiming: "Climategate reveals a serious lack of integrity in the underlying data and models, such that it is doubtful that any process can be trusted until the data and models are validated and their integrity assured."

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What climate change means for Georgia

  • Thirty percent of Georgia’s 707 miles of coastline are at high or very high vulnerability to sea level rise.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 92 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought in 2012.
  • 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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