October 30 News: FEMA Would Lose Nearly $900 Million In Funding If Automatic Budget Cuts Are Triggered

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a $14.3 billion budget to coordinate the national response to disaster situations like Hurricane Sandy. Should the sequester take effect, the White House estimates that the agency would lose about $878 million, largely from programs that provide direct relief to disaster victims. [Washington Post]

Hurricane Sandy’s economic toll is poised to exceed $20 billion after the biggest Atlantic storm slammed into the Eastern U.S., damaging homes and offices and flooding subways in America’s most populated city. [Bloomberg]

Hurricane Sandy seems straight out of a Hollywood apocalyptic blockbuster. But a confluence of environmental and topographical characteristics helps explain its vast size, slow progress, storm surge and multiple methods of wreaking havoc on the coast and deep inland, scientists say. [Los Angeles Times]

With the last hurricane to directly hit New York City dating back to the 1800’s, residents have so far lacked the impetus to demand concrete strategies for dealing with the potential devastation to housing, the subway system and the electrical infrastructure from a major modern-day storm. [New York Times]

The head of the nation’s largest labor federation blasted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for pandering to coal country, saying President Obama would better support miners’ rights and jobs. [The Hill]

The warning is ominous — climate change and global warming will make vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria – already causing havoc in the country more lethal. [Economic Times]

Renewable energy capacity will overtake nuclear power in the UK by 2018, if current rates of growth continue, and will provide enough power for one in 10 British homes by 2015, according to new research. [Guardian]

Parts of two nuclear power plant were shut down late Monday and early Tuesday, while another plant – the nation’s oldest – was put on alert after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level. [Associated Press]

The production of renewable energies in Germany is expected to grow faster than the government’s forecast and account for almost half of the country’s electricity within a decade, a top official said Monday. [Business Insider]

6 Responses to October 30 News: FEMA Would Lose Nearly $900 Million In Funding If Automatic Budget Cuts Are Triggered

  1. Nick B says:

    Yes, but I think you are forgetting that those benevolent folks in the fossil fuel industries are going to admit responsibility and put their hands in their pockets to pick up the tab and help become a part of the solution….

    or am I dreaming?

  2. SecularAnimist says:

    The link to the last article, from Business Insider regarding renewable energy in Germany, is wrong. It goes to a Business Insider article about new electric generation capacity brought online in the USA in 2012 through August, which compares the output of the 3 new coal fired power plants with the 130 new solar power plants brought online in that period.

    Oddly enough, the headline is that solar is “booming” (766 MW new capacity) but is being “crushed” by coal (2,276 installed capacity), but the article relegates to a footnote the “impressive gains” of wind power, which with 3,604 MW new capacity installed January-August exceeds new coal generation AND new nuclear generation (125 MW) combined by more than 50 percent.

    As noted elsewhere and reported here on ClimateProgress, in September 2012, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the new generation capacity brought online in the USA was from renewable sources, mostly wind and solar.

  3. Joan Savage says:

    At the National Hurricane Center website, the linked regional satellite views for hurricanes are framed for storms headed for the Gulf coast and southeastern US. The views stop short of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

    With Irene and Sandy in mind, are more northern landfalls likely and how can they literally fit into the frame of the cameras?

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    I just had a thought which I am going to throw out here… Can super storms like this generate low frequency seismic waves or pressure pulses which trigger earthquakes locally or remotely (for example on the west coast)?

    This could be one mechanism which is involved when we get sudden climate change like GW as it has been noted in the geological record that earthquakes, volcanoes and seismic activity does increase with the changing climate.

  5. Joan Savage says:

    In contrast to the vulnerable FEMA budget:

    ” U.S. taxpayers could pay a record $15 billion to subsidize the privately run crop insurance program this year, double the recent cost due to devastating drought in the Farm Belt, say an array of agricultural economists.”