Trump kills plan to protect projects from rising seas
“It results in stuff being built in the wrong places and being built in the wrong ways,” Eli Lehrer, president of the right-leaning R Street Institute, said in an interview. The SmarterSafer Coalition, a collection of environmental, taxpayer and insurance groups, of which R Street is a member, said every dollar spent on disaster mitigation saves $4 in recovery and rebuilding costs.
The revoked standard required public infrastructure such as subsidized housing to be built 2 feet above the 100-year flood standard, while critical infrastructure like hospitals and fire departments would need to rise by 3 feet. Many in the environmental community already considered the standard too weak, as it’s based on floodplain maps that they say do not accurately account for future climate change.