JANUARY 15, 2014 - BOSTON MAGAZINE:
Massachusetts is beefing up protections for residents prone to flooding and extreme weather conditions due to climate change, so they can better prepare and cope with any emergencies that may arise from stormy conditions.
During a press conference at the New England Aquarium on Tuesday, Governor Deval Patrick announced that officials would inject $52 million into resources to assess and address vulnerabilities in public health, transportation, and energy statewide.
“Recent storms and related outages serve as a reminder that it is critical we secure our energy grid to endure more extreme weather patterns,” Patrick said.
The grant money will go toward capital funds for coastline projects, inter-agency assessments of state parks and transportation infrastructures, as well as backing up the grid so people don’t go without power for days on end.
Citing the unusual weather changes all across the country in the last two years—including tropical storms and out-of-season snowstorms in October in Massachusetts—Patrick said more needs to be done to be on guard.
He also discussed the progression of wind energy efficiency and solar-powered projects that have advanced since he first took office. “That’s all good, but we must do more,” he said, citing the need to implement further change in dealing with blistering weather conditions. “Billions of dollars [have been spent] on disaster relief. Sea level rises of 1 to 6 feet would put thousands of lives at risk in Boston alone. The question is not whether we need to act, we are passed that. [The] climate is changing, and human activity is contributing to that change. Massachusetts needs to be ready.”JANUARY 15, 2014 - BOSTON HERALD:
The feds are being urged to “slow down” on rolling out new federal flood-zone maps that critics contend will saddle Bay State residents with enormous insurance bills.
“FEMA has these new maps which go into effect really soon, and in some cases, are already being used by insurers as a model for their rates. And our appeal to FEMA is, slow down,” Gov. Deval Patrick said yesterday as he discussed details of new state climate-change programs.
Patrick’s comments put him publicly in league with Attorney General Martha Coakley, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other lawmakers who have spoken out against the changes. Coakley and DeLeo, for example, have filed legislation to limit coastal homeowners’ insurance bills under the new federal guidelines. Others are calling on Congress to delay implementation of the new maps.
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan said he plans to meet with Massachusetts emergency-management officials on ways to limit new sky-high bills.
“It has obviously become a priority, and the governor has been very clear and is directing me to look for the relief in terms of implementation of the rates,” Sullivan said.HUH...
SO... WHAT GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK IS SAYING I THAT "CLIMATE CHANGE" IS SO GRAVE THAT THE STATE MUST RAISE REVENUES AND RAISE SPENDING ON BIG NEW BOONDOGGLES AND PORK-BARREL PROJECTS...
THAT THE RICH VOTERS WHO OWN EXPENSIVE HOMES ON THE COAST SHOULDN'T BE REQUIRED TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR INSURANCE.
DEVAL PATRICK WANTS TO HAVE HIS CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.
DEVAL PATRICK IS OKAY WITH CREATING FEAR AND TRUMPING UP "CLIMATE CHANGE" IN ORDER TO EXPLOIT THAT FEAR IN ORDER TO PASS BIG NEW EXPENSIVE PROJECTS HIS CRONIES CAN MAKE MONEY ON...
HE DOESN'T WANT THAT FEAR TO EXTEND TO THE HOMEOWNERS AND THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES; HE WANTS THEM TO BE FREE AND CLEAR OF ANY INCREASED COSTS.
WELL... IF THE THREAT OF FLOODING IS REAL ENOUGH FOR TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR BIG NEW PROJECTS, THEN THE THREAT OF FLOODING MUST BE REAL ENOUGH FOR THOSE HOMEOWNERS TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR INSURANCE.
I THINK THAT THOSE COASTAL HOMEOWNERS -
SOME OF WHOM OWN HOMES IN NANTUCKET (LIKE KERRY)...
AND SOME OF WHOM VACATION IN EXPENSIVE HOMES ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD, (LIKE THE OBAMA'S)...
OR HAVE "FAMILY COMPOUNDS" IN HYANNIS PORT, (LIKE THE KENNEDY'S)...ARE BIG FINANCIAL BACKERS OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IN MASSACHUSETTS ...
AND GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK IS DUTY BOUND NOT TO SCREW THEM AS HE TRIES TO SCREW THE TAXPAYERS...
AND FUNNEL MONEY TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY MACHINE.
THE WHOLE DANG ENTIRE "CLIMATE CHANGE CATASTROPHE" IS REALLY JUST A HOAX THE LEFT IS USING TO FOIST SOCIALIST POLICIES UPON US ALL, AND MAKE A PROFIT FOR THEIR CRONIES ALONG THE WAY.
WE CAN STOP THEM THIS NOVEMBER.
IN FACT, IT'S NOVEMBER OR NEVER.
(ASIDE: A REMINDER: DEVAL PATRICK IS MANAGED BY CHICAGO MACHINIST DAVID AXELROD.)
ADDENDUM: BTW: BIG STORMS ARE NOT INCREASING IN SIZE OR FREQUENCY. NOT HURRICANES, NOT TORNADOES. SAYING THEY HAVE IS A LIE.
IF THE LEFT DIDN'T LIE, THEN THEY'D HAVE NOTHING TO SAY.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX DESIGNED TO PASS SOCIALIST POLICIES AND ENRICH THE DEMOCRAT MACHINE.