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Why This Matters: As President Trump bleeds money from the military to build the border wall (which fortunately a federal court just put on hold), climate change — a real emergency for the military — goes unaddressed. Indeed, the military has worried aloud recently that “climate-change-related catastrophes could inflict such widespread damage on U.S. infrastructure that the military may have to commit most of its resources to disaster relief missions unprecedented in their scale,”NBC News reported. And that disaster could happen right on the very military installations upon which we would depend for that help.
But just as concerning is the fact that the military’s missions responding to the climate crisis are also growing — and not just abroad — but also at home. Last month, as The Washington Post described, two California Air National Guard helicopters flew repeatedly into the out of control wildfires and conducted a first of its kind aerial rescue of 214 people who were trapped in the Creek Fire. One other possible example — that hurricanes or flooding (such as was the case with Hurricane Sandy in 2012) could also damage a U.S. port — ports through which America receives around 80 percent of its agricultural imports and exports. If disasters like these keep mounting, the military will have to focus an increasing amount of its efforts on domestic disasters, which divert its attention from foreign threats.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Department of the Interior announced Friday that it will use funds allocated by a conservation bill passed last year to fund 165 national park improvement projects that will create nearly 19,000 jobs. The Biden administration has pledged to protect 30% of public lands and waters by 2030, but accomplishing that means completing deferred maintenance […]
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced late last week a new pricing structure for its federal flood insurance program. The federal government has been subsidizing flood insurance for people in areas defined by the government as flood-prone — the new pricing takes into account the actual risk to people’s homes.
Why This Matters: The prior system was inequitable and FEMA says its new system will mean that low-income people with less valuable homes will pay only their fair share.
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