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FEMA to deny funds to warming deniers

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Bro. Curtis, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Bro. Curtis

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    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.

    This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn't warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states' access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters.

    "If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn't want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics," said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council's water program. "The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state" because of his climate beliefs.

    The policy doesn't affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood, or other disaster. Specifically, beginning in March 2016, states seeking preparedness money will have to assess how climate change threatens their communities. Governors will have to sign off on hazard-mitigation plans. While some states, including New York, have already started incorporating climate risks in their plans, most haven't because FEMA's 2008 guidelines didn't require it.

    "This could potentially become a major conflict for several Republican governors," said Barry Rabe, an expert on the politics of climate change at the University of Michigan. "We aren't just talking about coastal states."

    Climate change affects droughts, rainfall, and tornado activity. Fracking is being linked to more earthquakes, he said. "This could affect state leaders across the country."…..



    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/p...s_to_warming_deniers.html#DGQrEs0WGuc2sVFb.99
     
  2. carpro

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    I suspect this action, like so many others of the Obama administration's bureaucrats, is illegal and will be overthrown in court.
     
  3. Salty

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    Sounds like another 2016 political issue to be brought up in the campaign.
     
  4. church mouse guy

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    Some people are saying that these FEMA camps are mere prisons waiting to be filled.
     
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