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Paul LePage is a Climate Change Denier
"I just don't know how severe it is and I'm not sure how much we as human beings contribute to it. Scientists are divided on it."VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for Maine
- Changing temperature and precipitation patterns can affect the life cycle and distribution of ￼insects, many of which transmit diseases that already pose problems to public health in Maine. ￼In 2010, there were 559 cases of Lyme disease in the state.
- In Maine, there were close to 1,000 hospital admissions for asthma in 2011, with an average charge of more than $11,000 for each stay.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated five counties in Maine as primary natural disaster areas due to extreme weather conditions, including excessive rain, hail, high winds, below normal temperatures, dry weather and excessive heat in May-September 2011.
- In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene slammed the East Coast. Maine required $2.4 million in FEMA public assistance funds for cleanup.
- Northeast states can expect more climate change related heat waves—with significantly more days above 90 degrees F—and flooding from sea level rise and extreme precipitation events. Even low-end projections anticipate that historical 100-year coastal floods will happen as often as every 22 years by the end of the century. There is $2.3 trillion of insured coastal property at risk in New York State alone. Northeasterners are already experiencing increased heavy precipitation. Extreme heat and declining air quality are expected to increase risk associated with respiratory problems and heat stress, both of which pose increasing problems for human health, especially in urban areas, and can result in increased hospitalizations and even premature death. Rising temperatures and carbon dioxide concentration increase pollen production and prolong the pollen season, increasing health risks for people with allergies. Agricultural production, including dairy, fruit, and maple syrup, are likely to be adversely affected as favorable climates shift, while the center of lobster fisheries is projected to continue its northward shift and the cod fishery on Georges Bank is likely to be diminished.