John Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security, discusses work stopping on disaster recovery at Air Force bases, and how military installations are preparing for hurricane season.
Tyndall and Offutt Air Force Bases have stopped work on disaster recovery projects due to a lack of funding. The repairs will cost billions of dollars over several years, but because disaster costs are not normally allocated, special funding is needed. John Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security, says that it’s up to Congress to deliver the money to the affected bases. “As is often the case, the House and the Senate, the Republicans and Democrats all agree on how much money to give the Defense Department for their disasters. There’s about a billion and a half dollars for both of the Air Force and the Marine Corps for dealing with repairs at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence.” Conger said, “We have had three major disasters. Each of which, when you add it all together, are going to cost about 8 billion dollars total to recover and a billion and a half for this year. That funding is all in the disaster relief bill… The problem is that they are disagreeing on other things, most publicly about Puerto Rico and what kind of funding they will get.”