Despite fierce weather, Nebraska avoids climate change plan

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska lawmakers and conservationists who have seen a major drought, historic flooding and gigantic wildfires over the last decade are pushing to prepare the state for climate change, but legislators may not warm to the idea anytime soon.

Nebraska is one of seven Plains states that haven't created a plan to deal with the local impact of more extreme weather. Thirty-three others and the District of Columbia that have done so since the mid-2000s.

A bill to create a plan died in the Legislature in 2017. State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, of Lincoln, will present the measure again to a legislative committee, but its prospects are unclear.

Pansing Brooks says the study would rely on empirical evidence and Nebraska-based data.

Some senators don't like the bill's potential $250,000 cost.