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Pat McCrory is a Climate Change Denier

Gov. Pat McCrory
North Carolina

“I don’t get caught up in the ‘quote’ global warming debate becuase I frankly think there are some things that are out of our control. It’s in God’s hands. Frankly the world has been warming for a long time and back in the 70s if you look at the covers of Newsweek and Time we were getting cold.”


What climate change means for North Carolina

  • North Carolina experienced seven billion-dollar weather events in 2011 and 2012, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
  • Seventy-one percent of North Carolina’s coastline is at high or very high vulnerability to sea level rise.
  • In North Carolina, there were more than 10,100 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of more than $13,600 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.