Zimmer, Florida mayor weigh in on climate change debate in USA Today op-ed
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HOBOKEN AND BEYOND - An op-ed piece co-authored by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Mayor Kristin Jacobs of Broward County, Fla., appears in today's edition of USA Today. The article argues against the United States Congress using the ongoing climate change debate as an excuse for not providing substantial funds for municipalities to build safeguards against future Sandy-like superstorms.

"It seems as if every time we experience yet another extreme weather event, Americans want to know whether climate change was the culprit," the article reads. "Instead of asking if climate change caused a specific event, a better question is: Given what we do know, what can we do about it?"

Despite passing legislation that provided about $60 billion in relief funding in the storm's aftermath, the federal government has yet to pass any legislation that would provide funding directly to at-risk municipalities and counties.

"This is particularly galling because Congress is to blame, in part, for our "new normal" climate by refusing to pass legislation that would reduce carbon emissions," wrote Zimmer and Jacobs. "Cutting carbon would slow the pace of sea level rise and give municipalities the time needed to adapt to it."

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with various water infrastructure projects. However, the legislation is expected to face serious opposition in the House of Representatives.

And earlier this month U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8) co-sponsored a bill that would provide additional mitigation funding to states which abide by state of the art construction codes, hoping

to protect newly built and renovated structures against future weather disasters. - Dean DeChiaro

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May 30, 2013
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