Summary: The Biden administration is awarding more than $1 billion in infrastructure funding to help make U.S. communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, Vice President Kamala Harris announced Monday. The following comments are available for use in your coverage.
“The Biden administration is making a critical down payment toward better preparing communities for the climate impacts that we are already experiencing,” says Elizabeth Losos, senior fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. “These grants build on the unprecedented actions the administration has already taken to build resilience to the devastation caused by extreme heat, flooding, wildfires, coastal threats and drought. With much more work ahead, the federal government could get an even greater return on these public investments by further streamlining and coordinating the work of its many agencies.”
Elizabeth Losos is a senior fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Losos co-leads Resilience Roadmap, a Duke-based project that offers recommendations on climate resilience. Last week, Resilience Roadmap released a policy brief with recommendations for amplifying existing executive and legislative actions.
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