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senate Bill S. 1768

Should the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Be Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program provides important support for earthquake research, detection, and response. Without this program, it’d be difficult for states and researchers to get the money they need to keep communities safe.

burrkitty's Opinion
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11/26/2018
Seismic waves don’t respect state borders. This is one of those things that doing without it is just shortsighted stupidity. Also, only idiots think Arizona doesn’t have earthquakes. Arizona has active faults that run through the state. The Northern Arizona Seismic Belt, which runs from Flagstaff to Utah, comprises dozens of active faults. The Lake Mary Fault just south of Flagstaff could produce an earthquake up to a magnitude of 7. The Hurricane Fault, also in Northern Arizona, could produce an earthquake up to 7.5 magnitude. Other faults and their potential magnitudes include the Algodones Fault in southwestern Arizona (6.6 magnitude), the Big Chino Fault in central Arizona (7 magnitude), and the Safford Fault in eastern Arizona (6.5 magnitude). The Santa Rita Fault southeast of Tucson could have an earthquake up to magnitude 7. ANYWHERE in North America that is not on the Canadian Shield section of the North American Craton has potential for earthquakes.
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Deacon kevin's Opinion
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11/27/2018
With increasing volatility due to fracking, and the fact we are overdue on some major faults, development of the best early warnings system we can is critical and should be a government function.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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11/26/2018
With the ongoing unbalanced fracking expanding deeper into residential communities, it is crucial that we understand and protect these communities from man made natural disasters. And since this is taxpayer money the research should be made available to the taxpayers free of charge.
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Argument opposed

There’s already significant earthquake detection infrastructure in place in the most earthquake-prone parts of the U.S., making continued National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program funding less critical than it was at the program’s inception.

David's Opinion
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11/27/2018
The Federal Gov’t is close to being bankrupt. It’s time to shut off the free flow of money. This program has been well funded in the past, it’s time to eliminate their funding and let them survive on their own.
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David's Opinion
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11/27/2018
I like the idea of less government. Nothing personal.
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WhiskeyBravo's Opinion
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11/26/2018
Stop spending. Insurance companies should and would handle this. This is just feds taking on their work at taxpayer expense.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 11th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed November 27th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • The senate Passed September 27th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedSeptember 6th, 2017

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    Seismic waves don’t respect state borders. This is one of those things that doing without it is just shortsighted stupidity. Also, only idiots think Arizona doesn’t have earthquakes. Arizona has active faults that run through the state. The Northern Arizona Seismic Belt, which runs from Flagstaff to Utah, comprises dozens of active faults. The Lake Mary Fault just south of Flagstaff could produce an earthquake up to a magnitude of 7. The Hurricane Fault, also in Northern Arizona, could produce an earthquake up to 7.5 magnitude. Other faults and their potential magnitudes include the Algodones Fault in southwestern Arizona (6.6 magnitude), the Big Chino Fault in central Arizona (7 magnitude), and the Safford Fault in eastern Arizona (6.5 magnitude). The Santa Rita Fault southeast of Tucson could have an earthquake up to magnitude 7. ANYWHERE in North America that is not on the Canadian Shield section of the North American Craton has potential for earthquakes.
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    The Federal Gov’t is close to being bankrupt. It’s time to shut off the free flow of money. This program has been well funded in the past, it’s time to eliminate their funding and let them survive on their own.
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    With increasing volatility due to fracking, and the fact we are overdue on some major faults, development of the best early warnings system we can is critical and should be a government function.
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    With the ongoing unbalanced fracking expanding deeper into residential communities, it is crucial that we understand and protect these communities from man made natural disasters. And since this is taxpayer money the research should be made available to the taxpayers free of charge.
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    It is crucial that our great country maintain proper crisis management plans.
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    Earthquakes are a big problem in this country and with the continuation of Fracking by the Oil Industry they are happening in places that never had earthquakes and at a frequency so the need for earthquake study & protections of people & animals IS more now.
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    I’m not a geologist yet, still in school for it, but uh, I hear earthquakes can be pretty scary and dangerous? IDK, never felt one. I live in Houston, and we don’t really get many land-based natural disasters. Anyway, this seems like a no-brainer.
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    The power of natural disasters cannot be measured in pounds or inches. It cannot be weighed otherwise we could prepare a stop for it. We may only clean the consequences after the disaster has struck. That is why this type legislation is necessary.
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    Every time we have another big quake, we have to go through this dumb game of figuring out who to blame for the LAST time earthquate harm reduction was defunded. It's a stupid game, and we should just admit that the geological forces of this planet we live on are actually a LOT more powerful and pervasive than we are, and it's on US to figure out how to survive them on a regular basis.
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    This has to be one of most no-brainer pieces of legislation. Given how earthquake-prone our country is especially on the west coast, these programs are critical.
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    Prevention is cheaper than restoration.
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    California needs all the protections from earthquakes that are available.
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    On the west coast we are part of the ring of fire
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    I like the idea of less government. Nothing personal.
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    Collective knowledge wanes over time. Not only the individual behaviors that must be adhered to during a natural disaster but the engineering infrastructure that must be refreshed on a weekly, monthly, annual and ten-year basis are co-essential to averting the loss of life and economic devastation that accompany disasters akin to earthquakes.
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    Any preventive measure for any sort of potential disaster is worth supporting. To do less is foolishness. These are things a government should be doing instead of trying to fruitlessly police the world and waste money on border walls.
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    This is just something that should proceed without controversy. Saving lives is worth spending taxpayer dollars.
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    Increased fracking has increased the number of earthquakes in my state. There is the potential for great harm. I am in favor of increased research into the dangers in particular areas.
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    We can expect earthquake's anywhere at anytime due to, in part, the heating of the earth.
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    Stop spending. Insurance companies should and would handle this. This is just feds taking on their work at taxpayer expense.
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