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Robert Pittenger is a Climate Change Denier
"We don't have the facts yet ... Those in my party understand that in some great measure this is a hoax."VIEW SOURCE
What climate change means for North Carolina
- 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.
- Seventy-one percent of North Carolina’s coastline is at high or very high vulnerability to sea level rise.
- North Carolina experienced seven billion-dollar weather events in 2011 and 2012, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
- 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.