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Say that the sea level rises due to climate change and an area in the US becomes uninhabitable. Perhaps an island is now underwater or a coast line creeps inward. This would displace a number of people who live there, and those in poverty would be unlikely to have the resources to move.

Does the US have a plan to provide any sort of aid, financial or otherwise, to help such displaced people in poverty?

I am asking about if the US has a contingency plan in place for those displaced due to climate change, and do not want to argue whether climate change is actually occurring.

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    Have you checked the IPCC projections? 25-82 cm rise by 2100. I think most islands can handle a rise of less than a yard without trouble, while a coast line change of a few meters won't affect many people either. – Sjoerd Apr 24 '17 at 0:40
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    Is there a reason you think they should have? – SoylentGray Apr 24 '17 at 15:31
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    @ Sjoerd - Do you really think a coast line change of "a few meters" is no big deal to people living near the coast or on an island barely rising above sea level??? – David Blomstrom Apr 25 '17 at 2:09
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    @Sjoerd: Maldives. highest elevation two meters. – MSalters Apr 25 '17 at 19:12
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    @MSalters Maldives are not USA - this is about USA islands. – Sjoerd Apr 26 '17 at 1:15
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No. Why? because this is not something that the US is likely to have to face during the current elected term of the officials. Our elected officials have shown that they are unwilling to tackle problems that are likely to be faced in the future where they will not have to face election. Instead they will wait until the problem has occurred and then point fingers and hope that someone else deals with the problem so they can claim credit.

Second, there is no real way to predict actual needs. The government has a bad habit of drastically under or over estimating the needs of a catastrophe. The Army corp of Engineers has a plan for dealing with pretty much any increase in water levels in the near (4-8 years) that are not the result of an unexpected storm or event. That is as close as it comes to this type of preparation in the US by the government.

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    Please include a citation for ACOE 4-8yr water level plans. – agc Apr 24 '17 at 16:26
  • I upvoted your answer. Just think about the Gulf Coast oil spill, fracking, Fukushima and that nuclear waste site on a Pacific atoll. – David Blomstrom Apr 25 '17 at 2:07
  • @agc I know they have them because they are maintained by the USCGA – SoylentGray Apr 26 '17 at 0:18

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