As climate change gets worse, the federal government is asking local officials to agree to use eminent domain to get people out of flood-prone homes.
A few months ago, I got a tip that the Corps of Engineers was pushing eminent domain to buy out homes in flood zones. Eight public-record requests and thousands of pages later, the scale of that policy turned out to be sweeping.
Eminent domain is one of the most aggressive tools governments have to get people away from climate threats. I thought we were decades away from its widespread use, at least in the US. It looks like I was wrong.
Climate change "adaptation" is going to be such a brutal, inequitable shit show.
Cities have avoided forcing people to move out of flood zones. The Trump administration says it's time to change that. 
The Trump administration wants cities to force people out of flood-prone homes. Some cities have said yes.
Great story from today on eminent domain + buyouts, an issue Miami-Dade and the Keys are both struggling with. Since 2016, it's become Army Corps policy to make all buyouts mandatory
“I would lose this house that I love.” Remarkable scoop this week: The Trump administration wants cities to start evicting American homeowners—forcing them to sell their homes against their will—if they want government money to fight flooding. By
“Even as President Trump publicly dismisses the scientific consensus of climate change, his administration is wrestling with how to move people out of the way of rising seas and increasingly intense rainfall.”
Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones
Cities need money to fight climate change. The feds are offering it, with a condition: move people out of flood zones. Force them, if you have to, with eminent domain. A great story from about writs gettin' real.
Your important climate read of the day, via :Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones was just published By Christopher Flavelle.
Forced buy-outs of flood-prone homes is a gut-wrenching response. To minimize the need for it, no further development should be allowed in flood-prone areas. More flooding and higher sea-levels are future. Let’s get smart about it now.
Trump denies that #ClimateChange is a problem, but now he is pushing to evict home owners facing rising floods... that’s a helluva climate policy.
“Even as President Trump publicly dismisses the scientific consensus of climate change, his administration is wrestling with how to move people out of the way of rising seas and increasingly intense rainfall.”
Mandatory retreat from coast where necessary is the right idea but this Army Corps of Engineers approach is too sudden and will cause backlash harmful to adaptation broadly. Need to bring people along first and that takes time. ⁦⁩ ⁦
Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones - The New York Times
Local governments seeking federal money to help people leave flood zones must first commit to push out people who refuse to move. By