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The Climate Battles Are About to Begin

Science vs. politics and the making of money.

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has put out a statement on climate change

It is but one example of the coming war on climate change that has only been skirmishes so far. With the Trump administration taking the federal reins of government (and funding) I expect you will see overt and covert actions coming to diminish the ability of federal agencies to impact climate policy as has been done the last eight years.

For health issues, the linked statement above is an example of climate grenades being tossed over the wall to counter the types of actions we are just beginning to see from new leaders in federal departments.

Climate leadership on adaptation will likely have to come from states and cities. it will be interesting to watch as agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) put the climate car in reverse and back-off of previous announcements and policies.

Watch for fireworks in Congress as new departmental leaders appear before various committees and Democratic electeds start to challenge new policies and funding strategies that no longer have a climate emphasis.

In my mind we can both be sensitive to the environment and climate and still conduct business in a manner that is profitable for companies and people while protecting the future of our kids and grandchildren. It does not have to be all one way or the other. It is called "compromise."

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.