FEMA will punish global warming deniers by withholding disaster-preparedness funds

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“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change,” writes Katherine Bagley of InsideClimate News via Philly.com.

Starting next year, the article notes, FEMA will approve disaster-preparedness funds — which over the past five years have averaged $1 billion per state per annum — but only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.

This is about as nakedly political an action as the Obama administration has taken, seeming to come down more to an article of faith than of science. Bagley acknowledges as much in her report. She includes a quote by Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program, who said:
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