Climate Resilient Capital Task Force

Summary

A bill proposing the creation of an emergency task force to study the costs, impacts and other considerations of protecting or relocating state government infrastructure to assure the continuance of government operation in the event of climate catastrophe.

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Full Text of the Climate Resilient Capital Bill

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Explanation of the Climate Resilient Capital Bill

Bill title and nickname. “Don’t Look Up” is the title of a 2021 movie about the world ignoring an impending extinction-level disaster.
Because delaying action proposed in this bill could result in disaster, this shall be an emergency law creating a task force to formulate a plan for the continuance of government in the event of climate catastrophe, either by building adequate protection for existing government infrastructure or relocating it to more flood-resistant territory. The task force is described below.
Task force members may attend meetings remotely.
Task force members will be paid for their service, as described below.
The task force’s work and compensation will be supported by appropriated or donated funds.
Task force members will elect a chair, secretary and treasurer from among membership.
An election can be called by a majority any time to elect a new chair, secretary or treasurer.
If a task force member passes away, a new member will be appointed.
Further task force rules may be adopted by a three-quarters majority of the membership.
The task force will pursue the following issues and tasks:
Calculate and project the costs of climate-related catastrophe to existing government infrastructure, and to a nearby neighborhood, for use in decision-making.
Costs will be based on the scenario of 1.75 meters of sea level rise or more, as published by the IPCC, and storm surge on top of this.
Cost estimates will be inclusive of economic losses and indirect losses due to government non-function.
The task force will formulate a defense plan against climate catastrophe for existing government infrastructure.
The plan will include all aspects necessary to keep government operating and protect residents.
The plan will Include levees, seawalls and other measures as necessary.
The task force will project plan material and labor costs;
costs for
local training and apprenticeship;
costs for public land purchases without taking private land;
costs for replacing impacted ecology;
and a timeline for implementation.
All estimates should include projected ranges to account for unpredictable factors.
The task force will also formulate a plan for relocating government infrastructure.
Relocation must be to areas above estimated flood levels assuming all ice on the planet melts, as projected by the U.S.G.S.
The plan will also consider rain and river flooding, fire and high winds.
The relocation plan's implementation will not increase emissions in any way.
How much would government relocation cost Greater Boston?
How much would it cost new hosting communities?
What would be the impact on housing?
On density?
On democratic participation of distant communities?
On climate justice?
And other impacts and estimates.
The task force will have cooperation and assistance from other government agencies as needed.
The task force may also use assistance from non-governmental sources;
and hold public meetings as necessary.
Chapter 30A s. 11B sets rules regulating studies conducted by state governmental agencies.
Chapter 66 regulates use and treatment of public records.
Section 10 defines rules for public records access.
The task force will submit and publish a report including its resilience plan within 18 months of its first meeting, to government officials.
Within 18 months of that report, the task force will submit and publish its relocation plan.
The task force will then be dissolved unless requested to continue by the governor.
Cooperation with the task force from all participants will be mandated, subject to fines for non-cooperation.
Each member of the task force will receive annual compensation of $100,000.
A total of $5.1 million will be appropriated from the state’s General Fund for task force members’ salaries.

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