Rally for climate control held at state capitol

Jul 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Climate Change, Top Story

For many people, the destruction from Super Storm Sandy last October, the heavy snows we’ve experienced since 2010, and the current extended heat wave are evidence enough that climate change is a reality.

Screenshot of the rally from WTNH Channel 8's report. Click on it for more from WTNH.

Screenshot of the rally from WTNH Channel 8’s report. Click on it for more from WTNH.

“This is not in doubt,” said senator Chris Murphy. “These weather trends and these storms are caused by increased levels of carbon pollutants.”

For more on this story, visit: Rally for climate control held at state capitol | WTNH.com Connecticut.

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…. Blumethal and Murphy, both Democrats, assembled a variety of experts for the Friday afternoon press conference. Teresa Frankhauser, a respiratory therapist, and Dr. Dennis McBride, Milford’s health director, addressed the public health consequences of a warming climate. Scott Bates, president of the Center for National Policy, and Tyson Belanger, a former Marine and official with the Truman National Security Project, spoke of the national security risks.

For more on this story, visit: U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal Sound Warnings on Climate – Courant.com.

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Scott Bates, the president of a think tank, the Center for National Policy, and the chairman of the police commission in Stonington, said the severe weather cannot be ignored.

In Stonington, he said, Storm Irene damaged the breakwater that protects Stonington’s fishing fleet, and Hurricane Sandy finished it off.

Tyson Belanger, a former Marine with the Truman National Security Project, said extreme weather events disrupt agriculture and worldwide food production and distribution, destabilizing nations and raising U.S. security concerns.

Frankhauser, a respiratory therapist, cast the issue as hyper-local: If the heat wave is not the product of climate change, then it is an illustration of what a hotter planet can mean.

On Friday, the heat meant her clients’ health is threatened. And her little boy can’t go to camp.

For more on this story, visit: Not a bad day to talk about global warming | The CT Mirror.

The State of Connecticut Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant Program Disaster Recovery (this “Action Plan”) is required to be submitted by the State of Connecticut (the “State”) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) as a condition to its receipt of $71,820,000 of federal funding under the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program (the “Funding”).

The Funding was authorized under The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (the “Act), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 29, 2013. The allocation of the Funding to the State is intended primarily to enable it to address
immediate unmet housing and economic revitalization needs in those counties and jurisdictions that were most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The State must submit this Action Plan and obtain its approval by HUD before it can receive any
portion of the Funding.

This Action Plan describes the programs and activities for which the State intends to expend the Funding in compliance with the federal requirements set forth in public notices released by HUD on March 5, 2013, in the Federal Register at Vol. 78, No. 43, Page 14329 entitled: “Allocations, Common Application, Waivers and Alternative Requirements for Grantees Receiving Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds in Response to Hurricane Sandy” and April 19, 2013 in the Federal Register at Vol. 78, No. 76, page 23578 entitled: “Clarifying Guidance, Waivers and Alternative Requirements for Hurricane Sandy Grantees in Receipt of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds” (collectively, the “Federal Register Notice”). In accordance with the Federal Register Notice, this Action Plan must also provide an assessment of the need for the Funding, the State’s public outreach and citizen participation practices. The State is obligated to ensure that the processes, procedures, and fiscal and administrative controls it will use in the course of expending the Funding are sufficient to safeguard the Funding from waste, fraud and abuse.

The Federal Register Notice also imposes strict expenditure and compliance deadlines on the State. Accordingly, HUD is allowing Grantees to request less than the full funding amount in a Partial Action Plan. The State of Connecticut, like other states to which CDBG-DR Program funds were allocated by HUD, will pursue incremental obligation of the Funding to support its Hurricane Sandy relief and restoration programs and activities to ensure compliance with HUD’s deadlines. Specifically, the State is requesting that HUD make $15 million available immediately upon approval of this Action Plan. HUD has assured the State that as it submits additional requests for additional portions of the Funding to be released, so long as everything is in order, they will approve the request promptly and without delay.

http://www.ct.gov/ecd/lib/ecd/housing_files/final_action_plan_for_approval.pdf

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