FEMA thought police: No funds for GOP governors who deny “global warming”
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
“Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.
“This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters.
“‘If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn’t want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics,’ said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program. ‘The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state’ because of his climate beliefs.”
In other words: Next time around, elect a politically correct Democratic governor, citizens of Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Or else.