Climate and Energy Polling in West Virginia:
The latest Gallup poll reveals that at 64 percent, serious concern for global warming is at an eight-year high across the country.
54 percent of West Virginia adults understand global warming is already happening and a little less than half recognize that it is caused mostly by humans.
West Virginia’s Energy Profile:
The state is one of the leading parties of the lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan and has suspended plans to prepare a state compliance plan.
Since 2012, the number of operational coal mines in the state has fallen from 216 to 136 in 2015.
West Virginia is Vulnerable to Climate Change:
The Northeast region is susceptible to heat waves, increased rain events and flash flooding.
By 2050, southwest West Virginia could experience more than 60 additional days of above 90°F per year compared with last century.
At present, 9 percent of West Virginia adults suffer from asthma. High levels of ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter common in coal plant emissions, both of which are produced in tandem with other greenhouse gases, are strongly linked to a rise in asthma attacks.
Earlier this year, the state House of Delegates voted to block implementation of new science standards because they included lessons on climate change.