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Scott Rigell is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Scott Rigell
Virginia

"Does not believe that climate change is caused by human actions."

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What climate change means for Virginia

  • Temperature and precipitation patterns can affect the life cycle and distribution of insects, many of which transmit disease that already pose problems to public health in Virginia. In 2010, there were 911 cases of Lyme disease in the state.
  • In recent years, the state has been crippled by a series of damaging ice storms, windstorms, and other extreme events. Virginia declared a state of emergency in 2011 and 2012 due to damage from Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene.
  • More than 25 disasters amounting to $1 billion in damages have impacted Virginia since 1980.
  • 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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