Miami is Doomed, it’s Not a Matter of If. It’s a Matter of When – as a Jets Fan I’m Not Unhappy

I know it’s sick and all to applaud the inevitable disappearance of an entire American city, I know. But it’s Miami. It’s Florida. It’s hard to get too upset. It’s the Dolphins, the Marlins, South Beach. Would we miss it? Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone tells the story:

The reason climate change dooms Miami is a combination of sea level rise, the inevitability of ever more severe storms and storm surges — and its fateful, fatal geology and topology, which puts “more than $416 billion in assets at risk to storm-related flooding and sea-level rise”:

With just three feet of sea-level rise, more than a third of southern Florida will vanish; at six feet, more than half will be gone; if the seas rise 12 feet, South Florida will be little more than an isolated archipelago surrounded by abandoned buildings and crumbling overpasses. And the waters won’t just come in from the east – because the region is so flat, rising seas will come in nearly as fast from the west too, through the Everglades.

Add to that the sink hole problem – ever notice how many sink holes happen in Southern Florida? The geology is a Swiss cheese of lime stone. Water flows in and around it freely leaving the ground soft.

You would never know it from looking at Miami today. Rivers of money are flowing in from Latin America, Europe and beyond, new upscale shopping malls are opening, and the skyline is crowded with construction cranes. But the unavoidable truth is that sea levels are rising and Miami is on its way to becoming an American Atlantis. 

Now New York City is also in danger of sea level rise, as we saw with Sandy. But NY is on top of it while Miami is fiddling while the planet burns.

“South Florida doesn’t have the power of New York,” says Daniel Kreeger, the South Florida-based executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers. “We don’t have any major cultural institutions, we don’t have Wall Street, we don’t have any great universities. The unpleasant truth is that it will be all too easy for the rest of the nation to just let South Florida go.”

Honestly, would we miss it? 

Margaret Thatcher was on board to stop climate change

Take note American Margaret Thatcher lovers: The Iron Lady was in favor of dealing with climate change. She delivered a speech to the Second World Climate Conference November 6, 1990!  Conservatives please read and take note and if you really do revere her memory, follow her footsteps:

Mr. Chairman, since the last World War, our world has faced many challenges, none more vital than that of defending our liberty and keeping the peace. Gradually and painstakingly we have built up the habit of international cooperation, above all through the United Nations. The extent of our success can be seen in the Gulf, where the nations of the world have shown unprecedented unity in condemning Iraq’s invasion and taking the measures necessary to reverse it.

But the threat to our world comes not only from tyrants and their tanks. It can be more insidious though less visible. The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations. 

Many of the precautionary actions that we need to take would be sensible in any event. It is sensible to improve energy efficiency and use energy prudently; it’s sensible to develop alternative and sustainable and sensible … it’s sensible to improve energy efficiency and to develop alternative and sustainable sources of supply; it’s sensible to replant the forests which we consume; it’s sensible to re-examine industrial processes; it’s sensible to tackle the problem of waste. I understand that the latest vogue is to call them ‘no regrets’ policies. Certainly we should have none in putting them into effect. 

Of course the rest of her record was kinda disasterous.

She called Mandela “a terrorist” but backed the brutally murderous Pinochet regime in Chile. Prosecuted silly Falklands war. Raised taxes on the lower class (25% to 30%) while cutting taxes for the well off (top rate lowered from 83% to 60%) which caused riots.
■As education secretary—prior to becoming prime minister—she cut school milk for elementary school children and won her first nickname, “Thatcher the milk snatcher.”
■She pushed “a high-risk, deregulated market-orientated system in which the poverty gap widened rapidly and ‘loadsamoney’ rewards at the top rocketed in ways frowned upon in Europe and Japan. With ‘big bang’ deregulation…in 1986 paralleling developments in Ronald Reagan’s United States, the path was open to the financial crisis that engulfed Anglo-Saxon capitalism in 2007.”
■She defeated the unions—especially the miners, in a series of challenges. But most deep-mine pits in England ended up closing.
■She brooked little criticism. She sacked party members who questioned her divisive practices: “‘Is he one of us?’ became a stock Thatcher question, asked of impartial civil servants and even would-be bishops.”
■Her political career essentially ended when her own Cabinet told her that due to the unpopularity of her policies she should step down and allow another Conservative Party member to lead their party.