By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Flooded streets after Hurricane HarveyPresident Donald Trump hopes to increase funding that would make cities and towns more resilient to storms and fires caused by climate change.

The president’s $44 billion emergency spending budget earmarks $12 billion for communities most prone to flooding. The funding would be in the form of competitive bidding to increase “structure hardening, forward-looking land-use plans, adoption of disaster resistant building codes,” among other ideas, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development would administer the program, offering

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to states that have had more than one major flood disaster in the last four years. Environmental groups, however, are perplexed at the initiative.

“Given the Trump administration’s position on climate change, and its apparent rejection of the basic science behind it, it’s surprising to see a $12 billion proposal for creating greater resilience,” Joel Scata, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council told Bloomberg News.

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