Looking for something new to run in the Spring? Here is a new report linking climate change and transportation. Might be a fun way to integrate the global warming debate into your rounds. It even has a great states counterplan answer right in the executive summary!
Climate must be taken into account
Because transportation infrastructure is built to
last decades, and represents substantial national
invest ment, it is critical that climate factors be
incorporated in transportation siting, investment,
and design decisions.
States can’t do this plan!
Only the federal government can do the necessary
interdisciplinary climate impact research, data
gathering, modeling and forecasting, mapping,
and structuring of the comprehensive planning
neces sary to ensure the resilience of our nation’s
multimodal transportation systems, and the communities
and businesses they serve.
Possible Plan? Might be effects-topical.
Authorize capital and planning funding support
to enhance transportation resil iency, including
funding states to conduct inventories of their
transportation assets and locations that are
vulnerable to climate change. Most impor tantly
it should make infrastructure climate adaptation
an eligible expense under the core highway
and transit programs, based on a comprehensive
system inventory and risk assessment.