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Republicans Complain About Cuts to FEMA Hurricane Relief...You Know the Cuts They Wanted

"With less than $1 billion currently available for federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is temporarily suspending payments to rebuild roads, schools and other structures destroyed during spring tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. and southern states in order to pay for damage caused by Hurricane Irene."

In the most recent budget negotiations the White House and lawmakers agreed on roughly $38 billion in cuts to federal spending to departments and agencies.

The Republican Chair of the House Appropriations Committee blames the need for moving funding around from Joplin and the Midwest to the east cost on the President's cuts in FEMA.

"On Saturday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) urged the Senate to quickly approve the House GOP version of the annual Homeland Security spending measure that includes $1 billion for additional disaster funding this year and $2.65 billion for fiscal 2012. "Time and time again, the [Obama] administration has ignored the obvious funding needs of the Disaster Relief Fund, purposefully and irresponsibly underfunding the account and putting families and communities who have suffered from terrible disasters on the back burner," Rogers said. "Now the administration has let the fund reach critically low levels, putting continued recovery at risk, without a plan for the future or a clear method for dealing with new disasters."

[Tea Party Republicans always seem to support the tax cuts they want until they need the things that require federal assistance. This is pure Tea Party Republican'tism. They despise 'big government' in their campaign rhetoric, and then demand it when bad things happen in their states, and need federal assistance. They can't have it both ways].

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An Essay on American Government and The Tea Party War on Weather Science {reblogging from the Heartland through Ybor City}

"Tea Partyers who denounce Big Government seem to have an abstract notion that government spending means welfare programs and bloated bureaucracies. Almost certainly they aren't thinking about hurricane tracking and pre-positioning of FEMA supplies. But if they succeed in paring the government, some of these Tea Partyers (particularly those on the coasts or on the tornadic plains) may be surprised to discover that they have turned a Hurricane Irene government back into a Katrina government."

Cuts have been approved by the House Appropriations Committee to the program that sends "hurricane hunter" aircraft into storms to measure data crucial for hurricane forecasts. Weather satellites are on the chopping block, too. At a May press conference, NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco warned, "The future funding for our satellite program is very much in limbo right now… We are likely looking at a period of time a few years down the road where we will not be able to do severe storm warnings and long-term weather forecasts that people have come to expect today."

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September 02, 2011 Gov. Barbour's 'Disadvantaged' Relative Masterminded $100 Million of Post-Katrina FEMA Fraud

WASHINGTON — Six years after Hurricane Katrina, a relative of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was found by a federal court to have masterminded a massive fraud against the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the inspection of the legendary trailers that housed storm refugees along the Gulf Coast.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims found last week that Rosemary Barbour's company, Jackson, Miss.,-based Alcatec LLC, had engaged in a fraudulent billing scheme as part of a $100 million, five-year maintenance contract with FEMA.

She was ordered to pay more than $350,000 in penalties and damages. In often colorful language, the judge described the testimony of Rosemary Barbour during an eight-day trial in May in Jackson as "exasperating" and "bumble-headed."

Rosemary Barbour, the company's sole owner, is the wife of the governor's nephew, Charles Barbour, a former Hinds County supervisor who last week lost a Mississippi Senate GOP primary.

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Climate Change Denial Is An Agenda of the Tea Party Caucus / Republican Party War on Science

Despite all this, 94 of the newly elected GOP members of Congress either deny climate changes exists or have signed a pledge to oppose cap and trade efforts. "I don't think there's the scientific evidence to justify it," said Marco Rubio while running for one of Florida's Senate seats against fellow Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whom Rubio called "a believer in man-made global warming." Florida has some of the highest insurance rates in the nation because of its exposure to increasing climate-related risks.

These new denialists are joined by 46 incumbents of even more vehement anti-science rhetoric. "The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It's all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax," said Michele Bachmann.

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Elected Officials Deny Climate Science as Climate-Related Losses Grow

The massive storm that slammed into the Eastern seaboard had at least 65 million people in its projected path through America's most heavily developed area of population. Most hurricanes shouldn't be able to make it that far north -- except for one little detail: global warming -- the same global warming that America's elected representatives are either ignoring or denying it exists. The main argument is being driven by an oil industry funded lobbying effort that has dumped more than $1 billion into defeating cap and trade legislation and convincing the American public that climate change is a "hoax."

The reasons the populous East Coast may be at increasing risk have to do with water temperature. NOAA scientists have identified the surface sea temperature a hurricane needs to sustain its energy as about 80 degrees. Other scientists say 79 degrees. The problem is that surface sea temperatures are warmer, on average, this summer than any other year in recorded history except last summer, and surface sea temperatures in the hurricane-sustainable range have extended both seasons as far north as New Jersey.

When you look at US losses from catastrophic events related to the climate -- storms, floods, droughts, and wildfires -- in 2010 and compare them to 1980, their number has more than quadrupled, but remained unchanged in other categories of loss - charted dramatically on page 7 of the 2010 Natural Catastrophe Review (pdf provided). Carl Hedde, head of risk accumulation for Munich Re, a major reinsurer of US property insurance companies and publisher of the annual Natural Catastrophe Review, says "The majority of the events are storm related."

[An essay by Shawn Lawrence Otto, author of "Fool Me Twice," science advocate, filmmaker and Cofounder of Sciencedebate dot org.]

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Republicans Complain About Cuts to FEMA Hurricane Relief...You Know the Cuts They Wanted

"With less than $1 billion currently available for federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is temporarily suspending payments to rebuild roads, schools and other structures destroyed during spring tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. and southern states in order to pay for damage caused by Hurricane Irene."

In the most recent budget negotiations the White House and lawmakers agreed on roughly $38 billion in cuts to federal spending to departments and agencies.

The Republican Chair of the House Appropriations Committee blames the need for moving funding around from Joplin and the Midwest to the east cost on the President's cuts in FEMA.

"On Saturday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) urged the Senate to quickly approve the House GOP version of the annual Homeland Security spending measure that includes $1 billion for additional disaster funding this year and $2.65 billion for fiscal 2012. "Time and time again, the [Obama] administration has ignored the obvious funding needs of the Disaster Relief Fund, purposefully and irresponsibly underfunding the account and putting families and communities who have suffered from terrible disasters on the back burner," Rogers said. "Now the administration has let the fund reach critically low levels, putting continued recovery at risk, without a plan for the future or a clear method for dealing with new disasters."

[Tea Party Republicans always seem to support the tax cuts they want until they need the things that require federal assistance. This is pure Tea Party Republican'tism. They despise 'big government' in their campaign rhetoric, and then demand it when bad things happen in their states, and need federal assistance. They can't have it both ways].

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