Reuters: Trump's climate order threatens U.S. disaster prevention, say experts

March 31, 2017

Reuters reported that experts warned that U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to sweep away Obama-era climate change regulations jeopardizes efforts across his country to build resilience to intensifying natural disasters. The executive order, signed on March 28, 2017, could make it harder to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the lower limit governments have pledged to strive for in a U.N. accord, they said.

Experts said that while Trump's executive order undermined efforts to prepare for extreme events, and threatened funding and regulatory reforms, state and local governments would continue their work to protect communities.

“The problem is that the job of these state and local leaders just got a lot harder as a result of this executive order,” said Jessica Grannis, adaptation program manager at the Georgetown Climate Center.

“What this executive order does is to defy common sense and sound science - it will make it harder for cities and states to protect the lives, health and well-being of their residents,” she said.

Jobs would be put at risk as many small businesses often fail in the aftermath of extreme events, and investments would no longer take durability into account, she added.

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