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  • futureripplemovers futureripplemovers Feb 14, 2014 2:29 PM Flag

    The White House Is Going To Ask Congress For A $1 Billion Climate Resilience Fund

    The White House Is Going To Ask Congress For A $1 Billion Climate Resilience Fund

    By Jeff Spross on February 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

    During a tour of drought-stricken California on Friday, President Obama will ask Congress to establish a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund, Politico reports.

    The proposal will be included in Obama’s 2015 budget, scheduled to be released next month. The fund is separate from the President’s broader climate action plan, in that it does not rely exclusively on executive authority and must be passed by Congress. Its goal will be to drive new technologies and forms of infrastructure to prepare for increased extreme weather and the other effects of climate change, to aid communities preparing for those challenges, and to add to the ongoing research into climate change’s impacts.

    The Center for American Progress proposed a similar effort last year, modeled on efforts in New Jersey and New York City. “We must increase the federal investment in community resilience to reduce fatalities and the economic damage wrought by extreme weather events,” the paper argued.

    “Recent events have reinforced our knowledge that our communities and economy remain vulnerable to extreme weather and natural hazards,” the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

    That Obama will make the announcement today in California is appropriate, as the state has been wracked by massive droughts for the last few years. While no one weather event can be tied directly to climate change — just as no one home run can be tied directly to steroid use — the shifting climate patterns driven by global warming drive up the overall odds of extreme weather events.

    For instance, higher temperatures generally mean faster evaporation and drier conditions. The ensuing climate change from global warming also shifts rainfall patterns, leading to longer dry spells interspersed with heavier deluges that arrive so quickly the ground is unable to soak up the water. Those effect

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