Washington Post: Climate change could burn a hole in the government’s finances, GAO says

February 15, 2013

With climate change resulting in more extreme storms and damage to crops, bridges, and other infrastructure, the federal government took steps to recognize the large financial risks it now faces.  The risk poised by climate change toped a biennial list of federal programs at high risk of waste, fraud, abuse or financial loss issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, was quoted in a Washington Post story about new GAO report.

“It’s another sign that it’s finally sinking in that this is the new normal, that sea level, extreme weather and the impact of climate change is something that’s going to cost us both today and long into the future,” said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center.

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