“A version of this article appeared in DesMoines Register

By: James L. Witt and Carl Pope*

The last three years should have taught Americans an important lesson:

With Western wildfires, heartland flooding and hurricanes becoming more frequent and more severe because of climate change, the time has come for the federal government to establish a trust fund with a dedicated funding source that provides communities around the country reliable funding for risk reduction and hazard mitigation investments.

And at a time when Washington cannot agree on how to finance badly needed programs, it’s a remarkable truth that protecting communities against such risks and hazards not only pays for itself, but would reduce, not increase the federal deficit. …


Carl Pope

A veteran leader in the environmental movement, former executive director & chairman Sierra Club and Senior Climate Advisor to Michael Bloomberg

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