Since 1980, the U.S. has experienced 151 weather-related disasters costing more than
"The changes that I'm proposing should help the government save billions of dollars in the long-run,"
The bill references a 2013 report by the
The bill would set up an interagency council with representatives from agencies whose missions could be affected by extreme weather, including the
Their job would be to establish governmentwide goals for extreme weather resiliency, preparedness and risk management, work with state, local and tribal governments and integrate meteorological science into federal planning.
The bill would require each federal agency to submit extreme weather preparedness plans to the
It would not address greenhouse gas emissions, which climate scientists tie to global warming, leading to an increased likelihood and intensity of severe weather events. For example, the Third National Climate Assessment, released in May, found increasing temperatures over the past 115 years have gone hand-in-hand with a 70 percent increase in heavy rain events in the Northeast U.S.
"The causes of extreme weather events I don't think are seriously being debated in the scientific community, but they are vigorously being debated in the halls of
He described the bill as an effort to find common ground and prepare for the kind of weather events that pose a threat to lives and the economy in any climate scenario.
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