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Bipartisan Climate Bill Would Aid PA Communities

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Friday, July 8, 2022   

The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs from June to November, and environmental groups are urging Congress to advance a bill to require the federal government to implement a National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy. It would create a position for a chief resilience officer, which some state and local governments already have, to coordinate responses to intense weather events and develop approaches to combating climate change.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., the bill's primary sponsor, said states are doing this work already, and need backup.

"The steadily increasing intensity and severity of wildfires and tornadoes, of hurricanes and storm surges, have an impact on all of our communities that we should be preparing for and responding to in a well-coordinated way," Coons urged.

Coons added the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy is not all will be needed to address climate change, but argued there is an appetite for it, and the bill has bipartisan support. He pointed out in 2021, climate-driven natural disasters cost $145 billion nationwide.

Forbes Tompkins, senior manager for The Pew Charitable Trusts' Flood-Prepared Communities Program, said rising sea levels and storms have led to increased flooding along the entire East Coast, and he outlined some key tasks with which a federal chief resilience officer would be charged.

For instance, they would take stock of federal barriers to enhancing resilience, and then lead the development of a strategy to address them.

"Along with identifying opportunities to streamline federal support, lead with science, and put nature to work in ways that help localities, states and regions better prepare before disasters strike," Tompkins explained.

Pennsylvania emergency management officials are urging homeowners and business owners to consider buying flood insurance. While 3.1 million homes in Pennsylvania are insured, fewer than 50,000 of those policies cover flooding damages. Officials caution while some might assume flood damages would be included in their policies, it is generally not the case.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Disclosure: The Pew Charitable Trusts Environmental Group contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Climate Change/Air Quality, Consumer Issues, Endangered Species and Wildlife, Energy Policy, Environment, Health Issues, Public Lands/Wilderness, and Salmon Recovery. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

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