Feds Grappling With Managed Retreat
November 30, 2022
Even as the US government is increasing efforts to help communities and people relocate when threatened by rising sea levels linked to climate change, many of the programs “are riddled with inconsistencies and bureaucracy, often impeding intended outcomes,” according to a POLITICO analysis. In Issues, Kavitha Chintam and her colleagues offer a similar critique, noting in particular that federal programs provide little support for the economically and politically disenfranchised populations bearing the brunt of climate risk. More equitable polices that anticipate and facilitate managed retreat are needed, the authors write, to avoid unacceptable levels of economic and social inequality.