States around the country are using excess federal money to increase protection against catastrophic weather, which Democrats and the media blame on human activity and fossil fuels. Tax revenue and post-lockdown consumer spending also provide more money, and governors in red and blue states are allocating funding to combat climate change.
According to the report, Democratic governors such as Gavin Newsom of California and Jay Inslee of Washington have wanted to increase expenditure on climate-related initiatives. They include making electric vehicles more accessible and increasing storage capacity for renewable energy sources like solar. Newsom unveiled his proposed state budget this week. He listed climate change as one of five “existential concerns” confronting California.
Drought has gripped the Western United States, squeezing water supplies for towns and agriculture. Arizona’s governor wants $1 billion for water infrastructure. Idaho’s governor has suggested a budget of $150 million for firefighting expenditures over the next five years, including additional funding for new firefighters. Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina is seeking $300 million in federal funding to safeguard the state’s coastline.
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, proposed spending $500 million on offshore wind projects in her state budget plan. The governors’ budget plans are only the first stage in the budget process. Lawmakers will sort out the final specifics later this year.
Last Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, stated, “The climate catastrophe is not an abstraction.” Colorado Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg said, “They have to do everything in their ability to make sure this is not the new normal. The state’s long-term health is on the line, from severe floods to mega-fires to seemingly never-ending ozone alarms.”
Furthermore, plans to electrify school buses and extend automobile charging stations in low-income neighborhoods are among them. Newsom also wants to use so-called green technology tax incentives to further the clean energy political agenda.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico has urged the state legislature to support the formation of a “climate change bureau” with a 15-person staff and a $2.5 million budget. The oil and natural gas companies contribute one-fourth of the state’s general fund budget, which funds public education, health care, and other services.