President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget, to be released next month, will include a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund meant to “help communities across the country become more resilient to the effects of climate change,” according to a White House press release.
The fund will be used to research both the impacts of climate change and how to prepare infrastructure and communities for climate change and will “fund breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.”
Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman, told Politico that Obama “is going to continue to make the case that climate change is already hurting Americans around the country and that it will only get worse for our children and grandchildren if we leave it for future generations to deal with.”
It is doubtful that Republicans will support Obama’s proposed $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund, and the fund needs congressional approval before becoming law.
President Obama did not need Congressional approval before creating climate hubs.
— Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.