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Biden Administration Considering Allocating COVID-19 Funds To Climate Change Programs: Report

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The Biden administration is considering authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to allocate COVID-19 funding for climate change projects, The New York Times reported Monday.

The plan would reallocate part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) overall disaster budget to projects designed to preemptively address damage from climate disasters, The Times reported. The agency wants to build seawalls and elevate or relocate homes in flood planes with the reallocated funds.

FEMA plans to include funding allocated for COVID-19 response in its restructuring of the budget, according to The Times. FEMA Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Disaster Mitigation Michael M. Grimm said that an initial estimate found $3.7 billion that could go to the program to address climate change with the potential for more later on.

The total amount of funding could reach $10 million if COVID-19 resources are directed towards the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, though Grimm said the decision to include pandemic relief funds has not yet been made, The Times reported. The proposal would give FEMA access to draw from the government’s dedicated disaster fund and would not necessarily mean reducing available funding for COVID-19 response.

The plan would need approval from the White House budget office, according to The Times. The proposal focuses less on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is more concentrated on protecting homes and people from severe storms, flooding and fires.

President Joe Biden signed an order requiring higher construction standards for federally constructed buildings in flood zones during his first days in office, The Times reported. If the proposal is approved by the White House, it will likely receive bipartisan support after a previous report found that the government saved money by providing funding for disaster preparation.

FEMA was given $19.4 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund and $2.3 billion for grant funding for 2020, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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3 Comments

  1. Union pork. Who owns beach front property? Rich people. In crooked places like NJ, homes were built on existing flood plains so they knew what they were getting into. Also, open space is being gobbled up for multi-family housing, affecting run off.

  2. The 2020 election must be over. All of a sudden Covid 19, which was spoken of 24/7 for a year, is now not so important to worry about anymore. I see Newsom is even lifting stay at home orders, but that could be for a different reason. Anyway, all that money just sitting around is way too tempting for the Dum0krats and their fingers are itching to touch it. When they prove they can actually change weather with all that money I might start to listen but until then it’s all hogwash. Ol’ Joe hasn’t changed one bit. He and his fiends are sneaky thieves, sneaky snakes and the dollars are just too much for them to resist.

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  3. Well, note we know what happened with the lack of ppe after the Obama/Biden debacle. Funds were used for other “pie in the Sky projects.” And who wants to bet those sea walls aren’t going to be built at Hampton beach

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