Making Matters Worse: How FEMA Endangers People and Hampers Efforts to Address Climate Change

By Jason Scorse.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The primary purpose of government is to provide security for its citizens. Unfortunately, FEMA’s disaster relief system in its current form provides the wrong incentives to citizens and creates a situation that both increases risks of injuries and property. Mandating that all those who reside in high-risk areas purchase their own insurance (mitigation) and helping people to relocate (adaptation) would greatly reduce these risks and the future costs of disaster relief. If these changes were enacted America would likely look markedly different in a few decades, with less people living very close to the coasts, near major floodplains, or the Gulf States that are most prone to hurricanes. This is exactly the type of outcome that an emphasis on environmental security would welcome, especially as the threats from climate change increase.

Keywords: FEMA, Government Insurance, Environmental Security, Disaster Relief, Climate Impacts

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.630MB).

Dr. Jason Scorse

Professor and Program Coordinator, Graduate School of International Policy Studies, Monterey, CA, USA

Jason Scorse joined the Monterey Institute faculty as a full-time professor in the Graduate School of International Policy Studies in the fall of 2005, after first serving as an adjunct professor. He completed his PhD from UC-Berkeley in May of 2005. He teaches mostly economics courses, including International Economics, Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, and the Economics of Sustainable Development. In addition to economics, he is interested in philosophy, ethics, and the pursuit of universal human rights.


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