Alabama is Vulnerable to Climate Change:
In the Southeastern region of the United States, extreme heat, flooding and intense rain are expected to harm agriculture, health, labor productivity and infrastructure. There could also be an unprecedented decrease in water availability, leading to various economic, environmental and social impacts.
According to a Risky Business report, the number of extremely hot days (hotter than 95°F) will likely increase by as much as 14 times by the end of the century, from an average of 9 days per year now to as many as 123 days.
Storm-related damages are expected to increase by close to $30 million by 2050 as a result of sea level rise and increased intensity of extreme weather events.
Many parts of Mobile, Alabama’s transportation system, such as roads and train tracks which are vital to the state’s economy, could soon be at risk of being damaged or submerged under rising sea levels.
Energy Efforts and Opinions in Alabama:
56 percent of adults in Alabama understand the global warming is happening, but less than half, 43 percent, understand that humans are causing it. A notable 73 percent support funding research into renewable energy sources and 69 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant.
The Clean Power Plan would require Alabama to cut power plant emissions 32.9 percent by 2030. The state is party to the lawsuit against the EPA and the CPP, and plans to do “minimal work” on compliance plans until the law is either reinstated or struck down.
Alabama sources more than half of its electricity from natural gas and coal, and it ranks 44th in the nation with only 2 MW of solar capacity installed throughout the state. Its overall renewable energy capacity is almost negligible and the state does not have a renewable portfolio standard.