Dear Reader Who is Reading This on their Computer, Phone, or Tablet,
I know that it has been a while since I wrote a Wednesday Weekly Breakdown, and although I am solely responsible for this, I also am desperately trying to pass blame on something a little more cosmic, like the stars, or possibly even the fact that my dream life has been dominated by Adam Kenworthy, but I digress.
The truth of the matter is that my motivation for writing the Weekly Breakdown was wrong. Initially, my reasoning was to help process some of the implications the Trump administration has had on the environment. To provide truth. To give information. To summarize lengthy articles.
And while that started off okay, I quickly became overwhelmed, discouraged, and even desperate to find a shred of hope in changing the narrative. I started to feel like part of the problem, as opposed to being the solution.
Publication is kind of a funny thing.
I was reading a book called On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder, and it got me thinking about truth. It seems like the more social media has influenced us, and the more our sitting president has egregiously stated falsities as facts, the harder it is to distinguish what is true. Areas we once firmly stood, we no longer do—because they have been brought into question by the powers that be. In order to further spread truth, the facts must remain facts, and the falsities, false. Propaganda is nothing new, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. We must be concerned for our fellow citizens and be unequivocally aligned with the truth, with facts, with reason.
If nothing is true, then all is spectacle.
The WWB was a way for me to process the facts that I have read, and summarize them for my own, and your understanding.
**To read a full breakdown of all of the things the Trump administration has been doing on the environment (since and before his election), check out the amazing men and women who have been reporting on it all along. Their articles are informative, fact-based, and unbiased.
FEMA EXPELS “CLIMATE CHANGE” FROM STRATEGIC PLAN
March 16, 2018
According to the NPR, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has removed “climate change” and associated verbiage from its strategic plan. This comes after we have had some of the worst and most expensive slew of natural disasters in modern U.S. history.
The role of the agency is primarily to “ready the nation for catastrophic disasters,” and while preparedness is important, costs for these measures are expected to increase.
Disaster costs are expected to continue to increase due to rising natural hazard risk, decaying critical infrastructure, and economic pressures that limit investments in risk resilience. As good stewards of taxpayer dollars, FEMA must ensure that our programs are fiscally sound. Additionally, we will consider new pathways to long-term disaster risk reduction, including increased investments in pre-disaster mitigation.
Fema is not planning on going into further detail on the rising natural hazard risk, which includes human-caused climate change. Despite the fact that two studies have found the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey—which cost roughly $125 billion—got a 15% boost thanks to climate change. The studies also found that Harvey’s intensity was tripled due to climate change.
Former FEMA director under the George W. Bush administration said future years, “will likely present our nation with equally challenging events, including technological incidents, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or extreme weather events spawned by global warming.”