Skip to comments.Obama to pitch $1B climate change 'resilience fund' in Fresno, CA
Posted on 02/14/2014 10:15:14 AM PST by Sub-Driver
February 14, 2014, 06:39 am Obama to pitch $1B climate change 'resilience fund'
By Laura Barron-Lopez
President Obama will pitch a new $1 billion climate change resilience fund during a visit Friday to California.
The fund, which would need to be approved by Congress, is intended to help communities dealing with negative weather that's the result of climate change.
Obama is touting the fund during a trip to California, which has been devastated by a drought that is threatening the Central Valley's agriculture production and has led Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to call on Californians to conserve water.
During a call with reporters on Thursday evening, the assistant to the president on science and technology, John Holdren, said, without any doubt, the severe drought plaguing California and a number of other states across the country is tied to climate change.
"Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change," Holdren said.
The administration's fund would invest in research to gather data on the impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for them and support innovative technologies and infrastructure to ready the country "in the face of a changing climate."
"Recent events have reinforced our knowledge that our communities and economy remain vulnerable to extreme weather and natural hazards," the administration said in a statement on Thursday.
Obama will propose the fund Friday after visiting with farmers in Fresno, Calif.
The new fund separate from Obama's climate agenda announced in June will be detailed in the president's 2015 budget, set for release next month.
While Obama has said he will use his executive authority to push his climate agenda and other policies during what he dubbed his "year of action," the president would need approval from Congress for the fund.
When asked if talk of climate change tied to extreme weather events, like California's drought, by Obama would become more frequent, Holdren said it already has been a recurring talking point for the president.
Holdren added: "You can expect the president will talk about the connection between increasing frequency in the intensity of drought and climate change on Friday" and in the future.
It isn't even fiat. There's no cap on the budget for over a year. He can just issue an executive order and print the money.
If this idea isn’t DOA I’ll be PO’d.
So. My main question is, “where in the Boehner/McConnell utter-capitulation budget” does this particular partisan expenditure fall?
The bigger Question is who gets the funny money?
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So, which California elected whores get to line their pockets with this cash?
This is so stupid on the surface, I think I lost 20 IQ points just reading it. I assume the next thing we will hear is that the climate is better in wealthy areas so we need to pay our fair share to help poor neighborhoods where the weather is bad.
He’s the Pied Piper of OPM.
He can do anything he wants.
“$1B climate change fund”
AKA, 2016 Dem party campaign fund. This money will be marked for “outreach”, “promotion”, “communication”, etc. All of which boils down to leftist advertising.
I guarantee it.
I wish someone had the guts to say that in a news conference.
Multi-Year Droughts of Large-Scale Extent Since 1900: 1918-1920, 1923-1926, 1928-1935, 1947-1950, 1959-1962, 1976-1977, 1987-1992, 2000-2002, 2007-2009 — Source (www.water.ca.gov)
If this idiot can convince Americans we are facing “Global Warming” after this winter, he is in the wrong job. He could do much better selling using cars and real estate.
End Climate Inequality!
Some places have too much heat and others too much cold!
Some places have too much rain while others have little!
Redistribute the meteorological wealth!
Sounds like a slush fund for Washington approved senate candidates.
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