Tricia Jedele, director of CLF Rhode Island, responded enthusiastically to new climate change adaptation legislation introduced today by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Senator Max Baucus of Montana. The Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment Act (SAFE) Act would require federal natural resource agencies to plan for the projected long-term effects of climate change, and encourage states to prepare natural resources adaptation plans. The SAFE Act also would create a science advisory board to ensure that the planning uses the best available science.
“CLF supports and endorses this legislation completely,” said Jedele. “In Rhode Island, we are watching towns like Matunuck struggle with the serious issues posed by sea level rise and just last year we were inundated with rivers rising 15+ feet above flood level. We need to get serious about planning for the near term effects of a changing climate and warming globe, especially when our nation has not been serious about slashing the pollution that is causing the problem. This legislation will force appropriate planning for managing our natural resources like rivers, bays, oceans, forests and lands in a rapidly changing world.”