FEMA is playing hardball with climate deniers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided it will no longer give states funds for disaster preparedness if they are run by climate deniers. Starting in 2016, these funds will only be provided to states where governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change. This will force governors to put their own political agendas or personal beliefs aside and acknowledge climate change in order to do what is right for the people in their states. If climate change causes droughts, rainfall, hurricanes, or tornadoes, these funds will be critical.
Until now, FEMA hasn't included global warming in its hazard-mitigation guidelines. So climate denying Republican governors like Chris Christie (NJ), Greg Abbott (TX), and Bobby Jindal (LA) are going to have to consider changing their positions. Philly.Com reports that if they don't,
"Their position[s] may block their states' access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds."
And that would be a bad thing. According to the same article, FEMA,
"Has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters...."
Not to mention,
"Republican-led regions constitute eight of the top ten recipients of of FEMA mitigation money between 2010 and 2014. Louisiana was No. 1, having received almost $1.1 billion from FEMA for hazard mitigation. New Jersey was third with nearly $379 million, and Texas fourth with almost $343 million."
So if those states want to continue raking in the cash, it's only fair they use the money to protect citizens from global warming hazards as well. To see one of the most infamous climate change denying senators in action, check out Jesse Ventura's video below.
-By Brigida S., The Off the Grid Team
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