aside Trump Is Reversing Orders To Build Federal Buildings Above 100-Year Floodplain (Climate Change)

 

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The republican President Donald Trump reliance on fake news has him making poor policy, as in his decisions not take the science of climate change seriously. In addition, he has been on a mission to undo as many of President Obama’s policies as possible, no matter now reasonable they were. The following commentary is a perfect example of this.

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On August 17, 2017, Emily Atkin of Slate penned the following report, “Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is That Infrastructure Can Now Ignore Climate Change.”

This story was originally published by the New Republic and has been republished here with permission from Climate Desk.

Excerpts:

 “Last summer 2016, just weeks after being crowned the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump scored major political points by visiting flood-ravaged southern Louisiana. The flooding was America’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy, and yet, President Barack Obama had not yet interrupted his vacation to tour the damage. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, hadn’t visited either. Victims felt ignored. But some saw hope in Trump. “It just lets you know that somebody on the national level is doing something,” flood victim Sandra Bennett told the New York Times. The Rev. Bill Engelhart told the Los Angeles Times.” 

Related image“A decision Trump made Tuesday (8/15/17), nearly a year to the day after his Louisiana visit, suggests otherwise: He signed an executive order that, among other things, rescinds flood protections for federally funded buildings and infrastructure. First reported by E&E News, Trump’s order undoes an Obama-era executive order that required new public infrastructure projects—like subsidized housing, hospitals, and fire departments—to be built a few feet above the “100-year floodplain,” or the height at which there is a 1 percent chance you’ll experience an enormous flooding event. The requirement accounts for future sea level rise predicted by “the best-available and actionable science,” the order reads.”

“As the Washington Post noted in 2015, Obama’s order was the first time the federal government took sea level rise projections into account, instead of relying only on historical data. It was also the rare climate change policy that was praised by both conservative and progressive interest groups. That’s because sea levels are undeniably rising. Conservatives might always deny and fight about the fact that humans caused that sea level rise, but adaptation to storms and flooding is far less controversial that ascribing blame to humans and acting to prevent it. Groups on the right and the left also mostly agree that it’s dumb to spend taxpayer dollars on expensive projects that are at a high risk of being destroyed by natural disasters.”

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“But Trump is on a mission to undo as many of Obama’s policies as possible, no matter now reasonable they were. In a press conference announcing his executive order—the same press conference in which he again blamed “both sides” for the fatal violence in Charlottesville, Virginia—Trump said approvals for new infrastructure projects take too long because of the regulatory process. Trump wants to spend $200 billion on infrastructure projects, including repairing bridges and roads, building new airport terminals, reconstructing the Northeast Corridor rail line, even financing a clean energy power plant on the Hudson River. Ostensibly, undoing Obama’s flood standards will be a way to speed up these projects. (Trump did not say that was the specific reason, nor did a reporter ask.”

“But speedily built projects are worthless if they become damaged beyond repair in just a few years. They likely will, as flooding is the country’s most common natural disaster. It’s also the costliest: The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that flood damage cost Americans $260 billion from 1980 to 2013. Federal flood insurance claims are also through the roof, averaging $1.9 billion annually from 2006 to 2015. And as we work to fix these projects that weren’t protected from flooding, the working-class people who Trump promised to protect will suffer most from the loss of their rail line, bridge, fire station, housing project, or hospital. ”

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“This is climate science denial at its most dangerous, as Trump is putting vulnerable communities, federal employees, and families at risk by throwing out any guarantee that our infrastructure will be safe,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.”

 “What makes all this so confounding is that Trump clearly recognizes the threat of sea level rise. Last year, he applied for a permit to build a sea wall to prevent erosion at his oceanfront golf resort in Ireland. Trump later withdrew that permit—because of opposition from locals, not because the threat disappeared.”

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“As Politico reported, the application included an environmental impact statement that said, “If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates … around much of the coastline of Ireland. In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring. … ”

 “In 30 years, the grounds of Mar-a-Lago could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year because of tidal flooding along the intracoastal water way, with the water rising past some of the cottages and bungalows,” the Guardian reported last year, citing an analysis by Coastal Risk Consulting. And the Hill reported that “Trump’s oceanfront condos in Miami and his Doral golf course would also be threatened, according to projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the South Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.”

Image result for photos of trump visiting flooded areas“And yet, Trump has made clear that he thinks climate change is a “hoax.” That’s why Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer in June introduced a bill, “The Prohibiting Aid for Recipients Ignoring Science (PARIS) Act,” to block the president’s properties from federally subsidized flood insurance. ”

“The American people should not be responsible for bailing out leaders who ignore science to gain political points, while subjecting the United States—and the rest of the world—to the catastrophic effects of climate change,” the congressman said. “Trump may choose to reject science, but he can’t ignore the impacts—especially as they happen in his own backyard.”

“The bill will never become law, but Blumenauer is right about the president’s hypocrisy. When Trump visited Louisiana last year, he said, “I came here to help.” But now he’s showing little concern not only for future flood victims, but the taxpayers who will have to cover the damage to public infrastructure wrought by rising seas.”

12 comments

  1. Gronda, when leaders lie, people die. This is a dramatic statement, but the lies told by this so called-leader around climate change, healthcare, domestic terrorism, etc. have created circumstances that lead to more deaths. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      With the policies that President Trump is basing on “fake facts,” peoples will in fact die, unnecessarily.It seems that some republicans get this idea of what they want to do, and then they create the “fake news” to justify their actions.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Trump finds his way to bypass Congress via ‘executive order’ far too many times and on issues that are far too important to be decided by one small ‘man’ who operates strictly based on his own emotions. His streak of vengeance to undo all that Obama did is going to cost us for decades, or perhaps even centuries to come. Hugs!!!

  3. Very sad that Trump’s administration does not recognize global warming or climate change. Yet flooding, hurricanes, warming will happen regardless of one’s belief. Again short sighted policies will hurt in the future.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      President Trump does not even have to admit to global warming or climate change, if he just pays attention to insurance actuaries showing a graph of increase intensity of storms over time with increase in costs.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. If King Cnut (one of the strongest kings of a fairly big bit of what became England) did sit on the seashore when the tide came in it may have been to shut up the sycophants in and around his court. Also being a Viking he may well have just wanted to sit on the shore and brood.
    Why do I have this suspicion this guy you’ve got in the Whitehouse might have a feeling he can actually push the waves back?

  5. Dear Roger,

    I think that King Canute was smart enough to know that he could not hold back the waves whereas, President Trump has not been operating with like minded thinking. Let’s face it, he has had a record of success in fighting against the waves. But he’ll eventually figure out that the waves will do him in, in due time.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Suzanne,

      Unfortunately, he will not be easily forgotten. He is like a nightmare that won’t go away. He is so short sighted and wrong on so many of his policies based on his alt-reality.

      Hugs, Gronda

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