Disaster Fund Spending Explodes in Recent Years

From the Wash. Post: Taxpayer spending on U.S. disaster fund explodes amid climate change, population trends.  The charts in this article are quite compelling.

As global temperatures rise, the federal government has faced far more billion-dollar disasters — those causing at least $1 billion in damages. From 1980 through 2018, the U.S. government faced, on average, only six such in a given year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But of the most recent five years on record — from 2014 to 2018 — the United States has seen an average of 13 billion-dollar disasters every year.

Three of the past six years have seen the highest federal spending on disaster relief on record, according to federal data.

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