Four Reasons Miami's First Hurricane Under Donald Trump Will Be Terrible
Donald Trump might in fact hate brown and Latino people so much that he's now hellbent on unleashing a record-breaking hurricane
Racial animus seems to be the only way to string Trump's decisions together: To pay for his gigantic defense proposal, he wants to cut satellites that help track hurricanes. To pay for the border wall, he'll bear down on FEMA and people who pay for
1. Slashing Funding for Hurricane Satellites
According to a memo leaked to the Post, one of Trump's major budget proposals calls for massive cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which spends a bit of its time studying the very real effects of human-made climate change. It seems Trump wants to punish NOAA for doing this — but the money he most wants to cut from NOAA goes toward tracking extreme weather events such as hurricanes. Trump reportedly wants to cut money to NOAA's major satellite division; that agency uses its federal cash to maintain satellites that the world uses to track deadly hurricanes. A crippled NOAA means a slower, more cumbersome response the next time tropical storms hit South Florida.
2. Cutting money to FEMA
When those storms do hit Miami, we also won't be able to clean up afterward. To pay for Trump's useless wall, his Office of Management and Budget reportedly wants to cut FEMA's cash allowance by 11 percent — despite the fact that FEMA money mostly goes toward distributing food, water, blankets, and flood insurance checks when storms hit. Less funding means less aid after a big 'cane.
3. Taxing People Who Pay for Flood Insurance
In what might be the most obvious attack on Miamians, a leaked memo this week said Trump is considering taxing people with
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In addition to Trump's own lunacy this week, Scott Pruitt, Trump's climate-change-denying Environmental Protection Agency director, openly contradicted the basic tenets of
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