| Liberty Unyielding
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change,” writes Katherine Bagley of InsideClimate News via Philly.com.
Starting next year, the article notes, FEMA will approve disaster-preparedness funds — which over the past five years have averaged $1 billion per state per annum — but only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.
This is about as nakedly political an action as the Obama administration has taken, seeming to come down more to an article of faith than of science. Bagley acknowledges as much. She includes a quote by Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program, who said:
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. The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state [because of his climate beliefs].
“The policy,” Bagley offers by way of assurance, “doesn’t affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood, or other disaster.” But all that really means is that the federal government is willing to help a state get back on its feet after a weather-related disaster but will do nothing to prevent the disaster in the first place.