Natural disasters and US deficit

Last September, US Congress approved $15 billion to help pay for the damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The following month, after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it approved another $36.5 billion. It went on to approve about $90 billion of aid in additional aid in February. The total of $140 billion over a six-month period is nearly triple the amount appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security, and about double the Education Department’s budget. It also amounts to 18 percent of the total deficit for fiscal year 2018. Now, Congress is moving to prepare another emergency funding bill to help people hit by Hurricane Michael

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 natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more costly. 

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Just now, JohnAtronis said:

 natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more costly. 

From 1980 to 2017, there were an average of 6 events each year that wreaked over $1 billion in damage, adjusted for inflation. But from 2013 to 2017, the average was 11.6 events per year. As of last week, 2018 already saw 11 weather events that cost over $1 billion.

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1 minute ago, Meanwhile said:

From 1980 to 2017, there were an average of 6 events each year that wreaked over $1 billion in damage, adjusted for inflation. But from 2013 to 2017, the average was 11.6 events per year. As of last week, 2018 already saw 11 weather events that cost over $1 billion.

Yet the EPA continues to cut CO2, methane, and exhaust emission regulations on the apparent quest to "make coal great again."

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3 minutes ago, JohnAtronis said:

 natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more costly. 

Katrina was an engineering failure. You can’t blame bad engineering on CO2.

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6 minutes ago, 李伟王芳 said:

Last September, US Congress approved $15 billion to help pay for the damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The following month, after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it approved another $36.5 billion. It went on to approve about $90 billion of aid in additional aid in February. The total of $140 billion over a six-month period is nearly triple the amount appropriated for the Department of Homeland Security, and about double the Education Department’s budget. It also amounts to 18 percent of the total deficit for fiscal year 2018. Now, Congress is moving to prepare another emergency funding bill to help people hit by Hurricane Michael

Because storms are a new phenomenon.....

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5 minutes ago, Joanna said:

Yet the EPA continues to cut CO2, methane, and exhaust emission regulations on the apparent quest to "make coal great again."

The US has the highest per capita carbon emissions of the major developed countries. China is taking strong action to fight climate change. They have recently implemented a national carbon tax. The US is trying to sabotage international efforts to fight climate change. Try keeping up with news and science reports.

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1 minute ago, Hajga Loma DK said:

The US has the highest per capita carbon emissions of the major developed countries. China is taking strong action to fight climate change. They have recently implemented a national carbon tax. The US is trying to sabotage international efforts to fight climate change. Try keeping up with news and science reports.

No, you are wrong. The US is reducing faster than any other country and even those who signed the ridiculous Paris agreement that allowed international polluters to do little or nothing.

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Maybe we should stop using the term "Natural Disaster", as we have had a hand in creating it. Just down the road from me today a dozen or so people just died in flooding. Flooding may be quite the norm but this wasn't.

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