November 15, 2012
In the wake of super storm Sandy and last week's national election, there is a growing call for elected leaders and policy makers to once again more aggressively prepare for and mitigate climate changes. This week, the Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo added to that important drumbeat, calling on a newly re-elected President Obama to take actions in his second term to help us prepare for extreme storms and other climate change impacts.
In an opinion piece to the Huffington Post, Arroyo specifically called for the president to lead by following through with steps his administration began during its first term. These steps include releasing federal agency reports that identify vulnerabilities to climate change and explain how federal agencies can adapt and moving forward with EPA regulations of greenhouse gas pollution from large stationary sources.
She also urged the president to work with Congress in a bipartisan manner during his second term to:
1. Pass new legislation that allows FEMA and the federal government to support efforts to prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change-instead of just responding after the fact to disasters like heat waves, droughts and floods.
2. Amend the Stafford Act, the underlying disaster statute, to explicitly direct FEMA to support communities' efforts to rebuild differently or relocate vulnerable homes after a storm.
3. Put a price on carbon emissions.