FEMA Nominee Ignorant re Climate Change

This report from CNN of the Congressional hearing for the proposed new FEMA Director, Peter Gaynor.  See: FEMA nominee says he does not know the causes of climate change. The Diva thinks it it not a hopeful sign when the nominee for that key position is ignorant of the science and causes of many disasters currently and in the future.

By contrast, the Homeland Security Digital Library features a recent study titled Focusing on Pressing Issues and Beyond. It is important to note that 3rd on this list of issues that concern defense and security educators is climate change. At least some key actors are interested.

 

New Report on Climate Emergency

At virtually the same time Pres. Trump has begun the process of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord 11,000 scientists from around the world have issues this report: Scientists Declare A Climate Emergency, Warn Of ‘Untold Human Suffering’
“Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to ‘tell it like it is,’” says a new report signed by over 11,000 academics.

Credit Ratings and Climate Change

From Pew Trusts: Climate Change Could Make Borrowing Costlier for States and Cities.

Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire that it is an investment risk.

To be sure, no community has yet seen its credit rating downgraded because of climate forecasting. And no one has heard of a government struggling to access capital because of its precarious geographical position.

But as ratings firms begin to focus on climate change, and investors increasingly talk about the issue, those involved in the market say now is the time for communities to make serious investments in climate resilience — or risk