Thomas Frank of E&E News reports that projects that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) ruled as “ineligible” received millions in earmark funding.
- Congress earmarked $5.5 million for raising a flood-prone road in the Florida Keys and $10 million for repairing a pump station in Washington state.
- Earmarks allow for projects to circumvent the competitive bid process which takes money away from other projects that would have been more effective and sustainable long term.
- Congress must ban earmarks and competitively allocate funding to projects that will substantially reduce climate impacts.
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