WASHINGTON (February 14, 2014) – President Barack Obama will announce what the Union of Concerned Scientists described as a “crucially needed” $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” he plans to include in his 2015 budget next month.
Below is a statement by Angela Anderson, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
“Communities across the country are struggling with drought, a longer fire season, increasing summer temperatures, more heat waves, and rains coming in the form of deluges. Congress can no longer ignore the consequences of climate change. The president is now putting a plan on the table that Congress needs to fund.
“Southeast Florida knows well the costs of climate change. Miami Beach is spending more than $200 million to overhaul its drainage system compromised by sea level rise. Fort Lauderdale is looking at similar expenses. During certain high tides, seawater backs up into stormwater pipes, flooding streets and neighborhoods.
“But we can’t just throw money at the problem. Congress needs to get serious and reduce the risks of the changing climate. Unless and until we start cutting emissions that cause global warming, the problems cities are facing, and their price tags, will continue to grow.”