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Cuccinelli's Climate Change Denial Would Cost Virginia Taxpayers

08 Oct 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme anti-science positions aren’t just bad politics, they’re bad policy. The Center for American Progress Action Fund released a new report this morning that shows just how devastating they would be to Virginia’s economy and middle class if he makes it to the Governor’s mansion in November. 

The Commonwealth has a lot to lose if political leaders don’t act on climate change. The report outlines that under Cuccinelli’s extreme leadership, inaction could lead to Virginia experiencing more extreme weather, excessive flooding and increases in sea levels. And those impacts will cost taxpayers billions. 

The Center for American Progress Action Fund estimates that the “25 severe weather events caused more than $188 billion in economic damages in the United States in 2011-2012, including $258 million in taxpayer dollars in Virginia to recover from these catastrophic events. In the next few decades alone, the damages associated with climate change could reach $45 billion and cost 314,000 Virginians their jobs.” They’ve also found that in Norfolk alone, “it would cost about $1 billion to keep water completely out of the city’s neighborhoods, roughly equivalent to the city’s entire annual budget.”

  

(Graphic made by CAP Action Fund.)

(Graphic made by CAP Action Fund.)

Ken Cuccinelli is one of the most vocal climate change deniers in the country, and Virginia taxpayers would be forced to foot the bill for his extreme views. The impacts of his anti-science positions are clearer than ever: click here to read the full report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

(Ken Cuccinelli photograph taken by Greg Skidmore.)



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