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Is your governor or attorney general a climate denier? This map will tell you.

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WASHINGTON, DC — “After sweating through the second straight year that earned the title of hottest year on record, new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that 24 governors and attorneys general publicly deny the reality of climate change. It also gives a comprehensive summary of their records and public views on climate change and energy issues. The 21 governors publicly confirmed as climate deniers is an increase from previous years.

The public is way ahead of these state lawmakers — a recent poll found that 76 percent of Americans said they believed global climate change is occurring, including 59 percent of Republicans.

This year’s analysis, displayed below in an interactive map and accompanying data sheet, also examines the records of nation’s 50 attorneys general for the first time. Twenty-seven of them are suing the EPA over the Clean Power Plan or blocking similar climate action. A smaller number are looking into whether ExxonMobil purposely misled investors and the public about the risks of climate change as far back as 1977.”

— Kristen Ellingboe and Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress

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