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Richard Shelby is a Climate Change Denier

Sen. Richard Shelby
Alabama

"Global warming continues to be an issue of significant debate in Congress and throughout the scientific community. In addition, important scientific research is ongoing as there are still many questions that must be answered before we take steps to address this issue. For example, is the climate change phenomenon cyclical or is it a function of manmade pollutants, or both? I believe the science must be firmly grounded before we take any actions that could seriously cripple many sectors of our economy."

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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.
  • Flooding in April 2009 cost Alabama more than $25 million in damage to roads and buildings.
  • In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 14 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to drought.
  • 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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