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Mo Brooks is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Mo Brooks
Alabama

"I'm also old enough to remember when the same left-wing part of our society was creating a global cooling scare in order to generate funds for their pet projects. So 30-some years ago the big scare was global cooling, and once they drained that [topic], they shifted to global warming. So I'm approaching the issue with a healthy degree of skepticism. If the evidence is there to prove it, then so be it." (also numerous quotes from a March 31, 2011 committee hearing)

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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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