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Steve Scalise is a Climate Change Denier

Rep. Steve Scalise
Louisiana

"Asked whether he worries that he could be wrong, Scalise cited an 'increasing number of scientists who are raising major questions about the global warming theories.'"

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What climate change means for Louisiana

  • State reaction and recovery expenditures required after the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were $250 billion.
  • After coastal storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita blanketed much of St. Tammany Parish in 2005, saltwater intruded into the Parish’s sole-source aquifer that provides most of the fresh water for the Parish.
  • In the last 80 years, Louisiana has lost 1,880 square miles of coastal wetlands due to river management, sea level rise, land loss, erosion, subsidence, and salt-water intrusion. It is estimated that 56,000 ha (217 sq mi) of land were lost in Louisiana alone during Hurricane Katrina.
  • 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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