FEMA’s Requirement For States Include Climate Change in Mitigation Planning Could Make States Liable
This is an interesting article about the possibly liability states might face for refusing to plan for climate change. I agree with Professor Michael Gerrard and believe his comments are on point.
I also think this issue goes well beyond a refusal to plan for issues associated with climate change. As the rules stand now, if a state refuses to include climate change into their Mitigation Action Plans, then they don’t get any mitigation money. Enter the biggest question, “if a state refuses to plan for climate change and a flood wipes out a town, who’s to blame?” The likely answer is the state.
Again, this method is not something new and is a common practice in government today. States do it to local governments and the federal does it to the states. This won’t be an easy question to answer, and likely will result in the state’s being left on the hook to ensure they address climate change.
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