Legislation Introduced To Ensure U.S. Airports Are Ready To Respond to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Senator Edward J. Markey introduced the Airport Infrastructure Resilience Act. This legislation would direct the Secretary of Transportation to create a pilot program to provide grants to airports to improve their climate resilience and ensure that they are ready to respond to climate change, extreme weather events and natural disasters.
According to Senator Ed Markey, “from melting runways to increased flooding, our airports are under dire threat from climate change, extreme weather events, and natural disasters. We need an aviation system that is ready and able to respond to these crises,” said Senator Markey. “My Airport Infrastructure Resilience Act will ensure airports across our nation have access to the funds they desperately need to plan and prepare for the climate crisis’s most severe impacts on our infrastructure. I am fighting to ensure the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization will create a resilient aviation system that is ready to respond to climate change, extreme weather events, and natural disasters.”