Even as government officials anticipate far more austere budgets for years to come, they also are anticipating tens of billions of dollars in additional costs due to the effects of climate change, according to dozens of new government reports, experts and federal officials...
Another critical challenge most agencies will face, says Joe Kruger, director of energy and the environment for the Bipartisan Policy Center, is money. And Congress.
“There will be an increasing need to make these investments in adaptation, and at the same time there will not be a lot of money,” Kruger said.
It will be hard for agencies to ask Congress for money to help mitigate a future event over more pressing and immediate priorities, he said.
“We are entering a new world with new types of problems and also a new need for all levels of government to be able to work together,” Kruger said.