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[On the politics of climate impacts in the U.S.] The political alignment around climate impacts is almost the exact opposite of the political alignment around emissions control.
[On the geographic distribution of climate impacts in the U.S.] The damages to the Republican-electing congressional districts is almost double what it is for the Democratic-voting districts.
[On Brookings research on climate impacts and human health] When you look at the out years, all of these factors have an impact on what people care about, but the really dominant effect is mortality. Literally, there’ll be climate change killing people.
[On the geographic distribution of economic harms from climate impacts in the U.S.] The swing states are what’s interesting, so Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico to some degree. These are places where you can see greater attention to climate impacts resulting in a shift in attitude that alters the political landscape.
[On the politics of climate change] The politics of adaptation and emission control are very different.
[On climate risks in rural areas] They are more exposed. That's because more of their work is at risk. Rural areas tend to have more outdoor activities as part of the economic base, activities like farming, cutting trees and so on.