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Feb 15, 2021

In episode 130 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Jesse Keenan of Tulane University. Jesse dissects some of the early moves on climate change policy in the Biden administration. He shares his thoughts on staffing decisions and how adaptation is and isn’t being prioritized through the Executive Orders. Also, in a new recurring segment, Judge Alice Hill shares insights on what FEMA can do to prioritize climate change.

Topics covered:

  • What happened at the recent Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 and what were the themes covered.
  • Climate gossip among early policy decisions.
  • Who/what makes up the climate power landscape in Washington, D.C.
  • Dissecting the Climate Executive Order
  • Understanding the National Climate Task Force
  • Climate Action Plans (looking internally, not externally)
  • The state of climate data and challenges ahead.
  • Jesse’s gut check on what’s going on with adaptation in these early Executive decisions.
  • Bonus conversation: Judge Alice Hill “What will it take for FEMA to take climate change seriously?

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