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Obama announces plan to protect power supplies from climate change-related disasters

16
Jul
2014

The White House today will announce a package of federal projects to protect coastal areas and rural power supplies from climate change-related disasters. The plans are based on recommendations made by a 26-person climate change task force that President Barack Obama established in November under an executive order. Under one initiative, the Department of Agriculture will dedicate $236.3 million to strengthening electricity delivery systems in rural areas across eight states, following warnings that severe weather and drought will put extra strain on power companies. An additional $13.1 million will go toward gathering three dimensional mapping data, which will help states craft emergency responses to floods and erosion, while $10 million will be used to help Native American tribes adapt to climate change.

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