President Barack Obama signs the 2015 budget, which includes a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund that will help states and tribes adapt to an altered environment.

Obama’s Billion-Dollar Climate Resilience Fund Will Help States, Tribes Prepare

Terri Hansen

Many tribal nations have developed model climate adaptation plans to increase their resilience, yet most tribal communities still need the knowhow and resources to cope with the swift pace of climate disruptions.

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This last year has seen prolonged drought in the West, rogue blizzards in the East and Midwest, sandstorms whipping the scorched Southwest, flooding in the Pueblos, villages succumbing to Alaska’s melting permafrost, and everywhere, erratic weather patterns.

President Obama proposed a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund in his $3.9 trillion 2015 budget request sent to Congress on March 4, to help state, local, and tribal governments prepare for these and other impacts of climate change. The Fund includes “investing in research and unlocking data, and helping communities plan and prepare, and funding breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure that will help communities across the country better prepare for the effects of climate change,” Cecelia Munoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, said during a March 4 White House briefing.

“We take very seriously our partnership with state, local and tribal governments who are engaged now in deliberate work to prepare and coordinate planning for the impacts of climate change, including the extreme weather conditions which many parts of the country have been experiencing,” Munoz said.

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The Fund is a response to demand from across the country—including from the President’s new Task Force of governors, mayors, tribal leaders and other local officials who have been advising the Administration on how to help them protect communities across the Nation from climate impacts, a White House factsheet said.

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