As the flooding and resultant damage in Texas continues to get worse, it is causing the Trump administration to rethink some of the regulations they’ve been rolling back in rapid succession. The one currently in the spotlight is the August 15 roll back of the Federal Flood Risk Mitigation Standard. From Vox.com:
The 2015 directive, which never fully went into effect, required public infrastructure projects that received taxpayer dollars to do more planning for floods, including elevating their structures to avoid future water damage and alleviate the burden on taxpayers.
While the roll back would not have made a difference in the amount of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, it does affect the future and the rebuilding from the massive floods experienced in Texas. From Eli Lehrer, in an op-ed published on RStreet:
These standards were intended to ensure that federally-funded schools, hospitals, and water-treatment plants are built with a higher margin of safety against flooding, or not built at all where the risk is simply too great.
In his attempt to abolish all things Obama, Trump has abolished something that was designed to use federal tax dollars more wisely and that would ensure lesser damage from flooding in the event of future natural disasters.
The Trump administration is now having second thoughts. They’re not quite sure that removing everything that President Obama put in place was such a great idea. There’s petty, and there’s ridiculous.
Trump and his GOP cronies have been so busy trying to remove Obama’s legacy from the history books that they haven’t bothered to study WHY Obama enacted certain policies. Their single thought seems to be ‘If it was supported by that black guy we want it gone.’ That singular mentality is going to cost the nation dearly and we are only just beginning to see the effects of their wanton pettiness.
Now if only we could get them to start believing in climate change.
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