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DOT Spells Out Climate Change Plan

November 6, 2014

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The Department of Transportation has a long-term commitment to make climate change and variability part of its planning and infrastructure management process.

“Building resilience to climate and weather-related risk is common sense management to protect current and future investments and to maintain safe operational capabilities,” the department says in its Climate Adaptation Plan.

The global climate is changing and the changes will continue and perhaps accelerate, leading to greater volatility in weather, DOT said, citing findings by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Among the possible impacts: more frequent and severe flooding, more heat waves that will affect bridges and roadways leading to higher maintenance costs, and increased safety risks due to adverse weather.

A recent example was the 2007 shutdown of the New York City subway system due to a storm surge that flooded the lower end of Manhattan.

The department said it intends to take these concerns into account when it makes infrastructure investments. It also will consider them when it makes decisions about management of existing infrastructure, and will provide tools to help states and local governments plan their projects.

For the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, this means that grant applications for, say, altering existing infrastructure require consideration of climate-related risks.

Comments

  1. 1. Greg Foreman [ November 06, 2014 @ 03:12PM ]

    The "chicken little's" of the world strike again. Justifying implementation of such a ridiculous policy and goal based on a once in fifty year storm, ie, Hurricane Sandy, illustrates the length to which "greenies" will go to justify their unfounded, voodoo beliefs and approaches to such beliefs. The belief that "climate change", notice how such advocates don't use "green house effect" anymore, is emblematic of how far the "chicken little's" are out of touch with reality and just plain life for that matter.

  2. 2. JTG [ November 07, 2014 @ 03:18AM ]

    The current admionistration would have us believe that they can control the weather. This is nothing but a hoax to impose more regulations and more taxes on an already overregulated industry. The same wizards who couldn't and haven't built the website for a true disaster called Obamacare would have us believe that they can regulate their way to changing the climate.

 

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