FEMA Claims They Forgot to Address Climate Change in Their Recent Strategic Plan.
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Source: Huffington Post
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When the Federal Emergency Management Agency in March published its latest plan for mitigating natural disasters, there was one thing missing: any mention of climate change.
Rep. Keith Ellison asked the agency why, and so far he's not happy with the answer. In its latest response, FEMA says it basically forgot.
"There was no decision, and no direction, to deliberately avoid or omit any particular term in the writing of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan," FEMA Director Brock Long wrote on April 12, referring to the document the agency uses to help anticipate and prepare the nation for natural disasters.
Long's claim is a remarkable one given that 2017 was the costliest, most-damaging year on record for weather and climate-related disasters in the U.S., and the third-warmest year on record. Experts predict those costs, which directly impact FEMA's operation, will increase as the climate shifts further and further from its baseline.
The previous, Obama-era strategic plan identified climate change as a prime contributor to increasing disaster risk and urged action; the new, Trump-era document doesn't mention it at all.
Complete article: Huffington Post
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