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house Bill H.R. 729

Should the Feds Fund Efforts to Mitigate & Research Climate Change in Coastal Communities?

Argument in favor

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.

jimK's Opinion
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12/10/2019
I appreciate all congressional efforts to begin mitigating pending effects of the evolving climate crisis. However, the impacts of not addressing all aspects of climate change on a world wide strategic basis risks funding shortfalls and potential unintended consequences. I’m a little concerned about shot-gunning all the things that could be done undercutting the long term strategic imperatives of dealing with climate change in a wholistic coordinated program. The time is short. The consequences are severe. It has to be done right the very first time.
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Donald's Opinion
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12/09/2019
People who argue that climate change is not perpetuated by humans have no regard for real science. This is a must priority for the human race.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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12/10/2019
As a environmental hydrogeologist I have already seen, documented, and been paid by tax dollars to dealt with the expensive consequences of anthropogenic forcing in our municipal groundwater systems. To say “it isn’t real” or that “humans can’t do anything” isn’t based in any reality whatsoever. I have already had to close water wells because of saltwater intrusion from rising seas. I have already had to drill new water wells to draw freshwater inland and at higher altitudes. We are already damaging our groundwater system. It is already costing us our tax money in new and repairing infrastructure to the tune of a quarter million dollars per well. This isn’t a remote problem. I have 45 years of municipal water testing and well production data that are frighteningly clear. WE ARE ALREADY PAYING. I’m primarily a project rather than research scientist, so I’m front line in this fight. To continue this path of inaction where we only react afterwards is deeply irresponsible. PS. The Nay vote made by Gwendolyn is the only one with a genuinely good scientific criticism. Beach erosion and replenishment projects ARE a total waste of money. Beaches move. Literally, the fundamental physics of beaches means they don’t stay in one place forever. All the places that have ever spent money on beach replenishment have, quite frankly, chucked all that money into the ocean. Beach STABILIZATION can sometimes work, but if it is to the point of trucking in sand from other places to “fill in the beach” it’s just money into the ocean.
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Argument opposed

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.

Ticktock's Opinion
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12/08/2019
Under this Administration that denies that there is such a thing as climate change and has stocked all review panels with like minded people. Would not be able to believe anything that was produced. The better source of information is the EU until there is a change in Administration and the review panels are restored. It’s horrible not to be able to believe anything our government says.
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/10/2019
If you live on the coast and you are concerned about sea levels, then move inland. If you think that humans can mitigate climate change, you are delusional.
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Purrkitty's Opinion
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12/10/2019
What a complete waste of money. Create another bureaucracy with zero accountability. Leftists sure love them some government.
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    I appreciate all congressional efforts to begin mitigating pending effects of the evolving climate crisis. However, the impacts of not addressing all aspects of climate change on a world wide strategic basis risks funding shortfalls and potential unintended consequences. I’m a little concerned about shot-gunning all the things that could be done undercutting the long term strategic imperatives of dealing with climate change in a wholistic coordinated program. The time is short. The consequences are severe. It has to be done right the very first time.
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    Under this Administration that denies that there is such a thing as climate change and has stocked all review panels with like minded people. Would not be able to believe anything that was produced. The better source of information is the EU until there is a change in Administration and the review panels are restored. It’s horrible not to be able to believe anything our government says.
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    People who argue that climate change is not perpetuated by humans have no regard for real science. This is a must priority for the human race.
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    As a environmental hydrogeologist I have already seen, documented, and been paid by tax dollars to dealt with the expensive consequences of anthropogenic forcing in our municipal groundwater systems. To say “it isn’t real” or that “humans can’t do anything” isn’t based in any reality whatsoever. I have already had to close water wells because of saltwater intrusion from rising seas. I have already had to drill new water wells to draw freshwater inland and at higher altitudes. We are already damaging our groundwater system. It is already costing us our tax money in new and repairing infrastructure to the tune of a quarter million dollars per well. This isn’t a remote problem. I have 45 years of municipal water testing and well production data that are frighteningly clear. WE ARE ALREADY PAYING. I’m primarily a project rather than research scientist, so I’m front line in this fight. To continue this path of inaction where we only react afterwards is deeply irresponsible. PS. The Nay vote made by Gwendolyn is the only one with a genuinely good scientific criticism. Beach erosion and replenishment projects ARE a total waste of money. Beaches move. Literally, the fundamental physics of beaches means they don’t stay in one place forever. All the places that have ever spent money on beach replenishment have, quite frankly, chucked all that money into the ocean. Beach STABILIZATION can sometimes work, but if it is to the point of trucking in sand from other places to “fill in the beach” it’s just money into the ocean.
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    Science and facts are real. Start using them instead of listening to your lobbyists. Don’t you want your grandkids to have a planet to live on??
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    Yes! But there are many Scientific reports and investigations that all say the same thing...we are not doing enough to reduce our carbon foot print. So yes, continue to research, Time is running out. Get rid of these indoctrinated Trump Republicans. Anyone, find that Trump uses the same words as often as he can....witch hunt, fake, all negative stuff to indoctrinate his following. In this forum, they all parrot back his words ...my representatives must be more intelligent and brave and stand up against these corporate selfish reasons to ignore Science.
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    A bit late to the party--but yes if we are smart, we should research mitigation efforts particularly for the communities in the most danger. But...Trump is "officially" pulling the USA out the Paris Accords so the smart thing won't ever get done.
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    We must have the GREEN NEW DEAL. NOW. Your foot dragging is threatening us all.
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    Climate change is real, congress has to act
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    Yes, the coasts are the front lines in the fight against Climate Change.
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    Dump Trump! Climate change is REAL and it is SERIOUS. We need a leader who cares for ALL living creatures. Not the son of a bitch we have now that cares only for himself and his family’s wealth.
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    Yes. I lived under communism and when the food became scarce, the politicians ate well. We, the common people lived on rationing stamps. So what exactly do you think will happen when our environment begins to suffer to that extreme? There are so many things on which our government waists our $$$$$. Be it the party on the left or the party on the right. Our future ability breath, drink water, eat food, and live in a relatively nontoxic biological environment is of the highest importance here. I mean, can you imagine our government issuing straps for both food and water?
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    5 million dollars is about 15 cents per citizen. As the oceans rise and water flows into the president’s Florida home and other houses, we will need to have ongoing research as how to control and live with this disaster.
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    The feds should fund any and every thing to deter climate change or we will have mass migration that makes a border wall more absurd than it is now!
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    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.
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    It would be irresponsible not to attempt to mitigate climate change in places being affected by it.
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    Data has already tracked correctly since 1970. How much more do we need?
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    Whether you’re conservative or liberal, you can’t deny the facts that our society’s way of life is harming the environment. It’s not sustainable, and efforts need to be made not only to try and mitigate the damage we’ve already done, but also to develop more sustainable living
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    Of course they should. Climate change should be a priority for this country and every other one on earth. This is only a hoax to people who put the greed of corporations and individuals above that of human beings. Before you vote, Bergman, you might want to consider what more than 90% of scientists around the world have been telling us. I am assuming that you, unlike your leader, can actually read!
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    Ignoring the problem will not make it go away.
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