USA - House Climate Plan Calls for Community-Focused Adaptation
Climate change is real, and people across the nation—particularly people of color—are already feeling its effects.
The new House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis report doesn’t shy away from this fact:
“Families are already feeling the rising costs of extreme heat, flooding, and other climate impacts every day in their electric bills, insurance rates, and medical bills.”
As my colleagues Marc and Jamie wrote, “This is clearly the most detailed, robust congressional plan on climate change we have seen to date and we hope Congress will act on its solutions quickly.”
While much of the report focuses (rightly) on the root causes of the climate crisis, this is also the most detailed, robust congressional plan that we have seen on climate adaptation—an essential component of “solving the climate crisis.” The report addresses specific hazards, such as floods and wildfires, but it also proposes a broader framework for planning and funding adaptation efforts.