A different look

By on March 6, 2014


Ephrata Review,

The Center for American Progress says that disaster spending has reached $80 billion a year in the United States. And yet Congress has only allocated $10 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Where does the rest of the money come from? Insurance pays for some, but the rest comes from your tax dollars. Every household in the U.S. pays almost $700 a year for natural disaster clean-up. This is an unseen tax that no one is talking about.

How would you feel if your school taxes went up $700 a year with no discussion or input from you? Yet you paid $400 in 2013 and will pay another $400 in 2014 and 2015 and every year after that because our Congress doesn’t want to talk about it.

In 2013, there were 35 storms worldwide that cost more than $1 billion each. A couple more may be added as total costs are still being calculated. Thirty percent of small businesses do not re-open after a declared weather emergency. How many jobs is that costing us, look at New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, people are still out of their homes, businesses are shuttered.

A recent Yale University study shows that two out of three Americans surveyed think that weather is getting worse! They are right! Climate change is increasing storm intensity and storm damage. We don’t need an all of the above energy policy, we need an all of the above policy to mitigate climate change.

Jim Sandoe


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