FEMA to States: Confess Global Warming or Lose Funds

States are being bribed or blackmailed to confess global warming.

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This news comes to us, not from the Onion or from some conspiratorial right-wing newsletter. It comes from Philly.com: “

Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.

This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters.

“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,” said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program. “The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state” because of his climate beliefs.

How would he be increasing the risk to anyone? There is no extreme weather right now despite all the carbon dioxide emissions. So if there is no trend line of increasing storms, then on what basis can FEMA make this claim?

“This could potentially become a major conflict for several Republican governors,” said Barry Rabe, an expert on the politics of climate change at the University of Michigan. “We aren’t just talking about coastal states.”

Climate change affects droughts, rainfall, and tornado activity. Fracking is being linked to more earthquakes, he said. “This could affect state leaders across the country.”

Among those who could face a difficult decision are New Jersey’s Gov. Christie and fellow Republican Govs. Rick Scott of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Pat McCrory of North Carolina – all of whom have denied man-made climate change or refused to take action. The states they lead face immediate threats from climate change.

Obviously, we are seeing more of the Pentagon’s strategy: Lie to induce fear.

Congress needs to suspend all elements of FEMA’s budget related to this program. These pseudo-scientists have no business using the people’s money to punish people for not worshiping at their altar.