Just weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, President Donald Trump rescinded an Obama-era flood standards rule in an apparent effort to get infrastructure projects approved more quickly. The Obama-era rule, however, was designed to make vital infrastructure “more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and flooding,” reports Harriet Sinclair.
“Those who backed Obama’s rule believed they would make people safer by putting roads, bridges and other infrastructure on safer ground,” says Sinclair.
While Trump’s roll back of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard was roundly criticized by environmental groups, business groups, including the National Association of Home Builders, which blamed higher housing costs on flood regulations praised the president’s decision, according to a report in Reuters.
Trump is undoing “the most significant action taken in a generation,” the former director of public affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Reuters.
The president signed the executive order revoking the rule just weeks before Harvey made landfill. The flood-risk rule is just the latest of Obama-era climate change policies to get nixed.