Trump Signs $15.3 Billion Harvey Aid Package

Marsha Scott
September 13, 2017

A few years ago, I contributed to a report for the Risky Business Project, a bipartisan group set up to assess economic impacts of climate change. States now open to service on this practice include Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina - and areas of availability will be updated as Hurricane Irma progresses. In fact, the most recent cost estimate of the damages from Irma and Harvey is $290 billion.

Additionally, Wells Fargo President and CEO Tim Sloan announced that the company is in the process of deploying Mobile Response Units to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. "It will take a long time to put the electrical grid back together".

Just 16 days apart, Harvey and Irma mark the first time two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes have made USA landfall within the same year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its report Act Now or Pay Later: Protecting a billion people in climate-threatened coastal cities, the charity showed American cities would face the financial brunt of coastal flooding by 2070 with NY coming third with $2.1 trillion. Texas's unregulated growth has left the state vulnerable to flooding, while Florida's population has more than doubled between 1980 and today, destroying natural defense systems. Bowman is the public affairs officer for EPA chief and climate change denier Scott Pruitt, who refuses to link Carbon dioxide emissions to global warming, despite extensive research saying otherwise. And that's why we ask people to be prepared for three days, and you know hopefully in these landmark events, citizens will start to take these preparedness measures seriously.

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Hurricane Harvey decimated parts of Texas and damaged southwest Louisiana when it hit the region late last month, destroying billions of dollars worth of property.

Meanwhile, private fundraising to help Hurricane Harvey's victims continues.

"I think the Congress will act quickly to make sure we have the emergency funding that we need to go forward", he said. And Jose, the Category 4 hurricane right on its heels, is making it the first time on record that there have been two hurricanes with sustained winds above 150 miles per hour in the Atlantic at the same time. All over the country, we're asking you to be prepared.

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