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Roger Wicker is a Climate Change Denier

Sen. Roger Wicker
Mississippi

"I agree with the more than 31,000 American scientists who do not believe the science on this matter is settled."

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"Science shows that there is an increase of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. But it has not been compellingly proven that mankind is responsible for the rise in atmospheric CO2, nor is it clear what impact CO2 has on Earth's temperatures."

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What climate change means for Mississippi

  • Mississippi has received at least one Major Disaster Declaration every year since 2008 due to severe storms; during the same period, three Emergency Disaster Declarations also were issued for smaller-scale storms and/or major flooding incidents.
  • In 2011 alone, hazardous weather events killed 40 and injured 219, and cost Mississippi $1.7 billion.
  • In the fall of 2012, Mississippi received more than $50 million in FEMA assistance grants to begin recovery after Tropical Storm Isaac.
  • 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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