The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving governors like Rick Scott of Florida something to think about. If Scott and other Republican governors continue to deny the existence of climate change, FEMA will deny them funding if they experience a disaster. Florida will be in trouble if the feds don’t send the state funds to rebuild after a major disaster that is caused by climate change.
FEMA has deep pockets. It’s not unusual for the agency to give $1 billion a year to states that have hazard-mitigation plans. In order to get money, the states need to assess how climate change affects their state. Governors that don’t acknowledge climate change don’t have hazard-mitigation plans. States like New York already have identified climate change risks.
When risks like tornado, drought and excessive rainfall are considered, coastal states have a lot to lose, and other states do too if the governors of those states continue to deny climate change. Timber Creek Capital LLC reports that the main group of governors that deny man-made climate change and force government employees to deny it are: Texas Governor Abbott, Louisiana Governor Jindal, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Rick Scott of Florida and Governor McCrory of North Carolina.