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 the earth
isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing about it,
into a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to
hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. Over the past 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
“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.
Good move by FEMA. Risk need to be managed despite a politician’s beliefs/denialism.