Of all American cities, Miami is the most at jeopardy from climate change. Yet, Florida GOPers have their heads buried in Florida’s porous limestone firmament.
Wanless, who is seventy-three, has spent nearly half a century studying how South Florida came into being. From this, he’s concluded that much of the region may have less than half a century more to go.
Miami Beach is building pumps so the constant and predictable flooding that already takes place will not be as big a nuisance as they are. Landscaping is expensive and the residents are tired of saltwater in their yards. But this is just the beginning and the pumps are expensive band aids. The Mayor, who campaigned on the frustration with the flooding, bides his time offering the silly “human innovation” non-answer.
“I believe in human innovation,” Levine responded. “If, thirty or forty years ago, I’d told you that you were going to be able to communicate with your friends around the world by looking at your watch or with an iPad or an iPhone, you would think I was out of my mind.” Thirty or forty years from now, he said, “We’re going to have innovative solutions to fight back against sea-level rise that we cannot even imagine today.”
And if there aren’t? Then the nothing that is being done right now by idiots like Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio will look pretty irresponsible.
Marco Rubio was asked to explain a statement he had made about climate change. He offered the following: “What I said is, humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people out there are trying to make us believe, for the following reason: I believe that climate is changing because there’s never been a moment where the climate is not changing.”
The Governor himself has ordered state workers not to use the words “climate change.” Which makes for some awkward state meetings when people want to know what’s being done to prevent an area that is at or below sea level from becoming part of the sea.