Coastal communities are already seeing the effects of climate change, which have forced them to move to higher ground, alter their ways of life, and more. The federal government has an obligation to help communities deal with these impacts, which it can do through the grants created by this bill. Similarly, the federal government should be studying climate change in coastal communities and coordinating research and analysis efforts — which this bill also provides for.
This bill would create a permanent $5 billion annual earmark, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned might lead to a focus on capital-intensive projects that could adversely affect beaches, dunes, and other coastal resources. Based on NOAA’s logic, it’s possible that this bill could do more harm than good and fail to achieve its coastal conservation & resiliency goals.