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Kaine Cites Effects of Sea Level Rise on Hampton Roads in Speech Against Scott Pruitt's Nomination to be EPA Administrator
Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kaine discussed Pruitt’s unwillingness to accept the basic scientific consensus that human-generated CO2 emissions are a significant cause of climate change. Kaine also spoke about the impacts of climate change on Virginia, including rising sea levels in Hampton Roads, as he made the case that the EPA needs a leader who will follow the best science to ensure that Americans have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.
“Hampton Roads is home to the largest concentration of naval power in the world, yet is the second largest coastal population center at risk from sea level rise,” Kaine said. “What we are seeing throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia is that neighborhoods where you could normally sell or buy a house 15 years ago, you now can’t because normal tidal action renders the homes impossible to sell….the main road into the largest naval base in the world in Norfolk, by 2040, will be covered two to three hours a day just by normal tidal action.”
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