FEMA to Climate Deniers: "Get Your Own Sandbags."

THROWBACK POST: This is an oldie but a goodie that we shared with People Demanding Action members back in 2015. The sentiments are just as relevant today. It's past time to get politics out of the equation and embrace the "science" part of climate science.

March 18, 2015


By Elizabeth Warren, People Demanding Action                                      

In an astonishing act of bravado, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) announced its  plan to withhold disaster mitigation preparedness funds from those states whose governors refuse to acknowledge that things like hurricanes, droughts and other natural disasters are not simply “acts of God” but in fact directly attributable to the folly of men.

Here’s what’s cool about that:

FEMA is not saying that the agency won’t rush in and help disaster victims once tragedy has struck. What they’re saying is that climate change deniers can’t have their sandbags and deny they need them too.

Makes sense to me.

FEMA’s point is to make governors in high risk states—who continue to deny the reality of climate change— publicly admit that it does in fact exist if they want help preparing for its eventual fallout.

Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Not so for politicians, it would seem. Especially those with a serious stake in preserving the sanctity of fossil fuel worship and the campaign funds that go along with it.

These guys have a lot of political capital invested in maintaining the façade that “climate change” is nothing more than a left-wing conspiracy aimed at robbing hard-working multinational coal and oil company magnates of their God-given right to record obscene U.S. profits, move them to offshore accounts to avoid taxes, and use the entire Earth as their personal ashtray. 

As I see it, the five governors in question—Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Scott of Florida, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Greg Abbott of Texas and Pat McCrory of North Carolina—have some serious soul searching—and number crunching—in their futures as they consider what to do next.  

They need to ask themselves a few key questions:

  1. What’s the probability of disaster hitting on my watch? (They could consult actuarial tables.) 
  2.  In the absence of FEMA preparedness funds, does my state have sufficient resources to take the necessary precautions—without raising taxes or cutting funds to something else?
  3. If the answer to #1 is “better than even odds” and #2 is “no,” then…
  4. How’s my approval rating? Can I afford to take the hit with constituents if something happens? 
  5. More importantly, exactly how low would I drop in the polls if my state is caught with its collective pants down and businesses and residents suffer millions in preventable losses (or worse) due to my stubborn, intentional, politically-driven negligence? 
  6. Will all those deep pocketed donors still be there after my numbers plummet? Or will they simply shop for a “baggage-free” candidate before the next election?


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