And not soon enough! 🙂
So many of us live on the coast, and love it. But are we a dying breed? When will the cost of maintaining the coastline become too much of a burden on the country? Regardless of what you believe is causing the world to get warmer, it undoubtedly is, and the impact is significant for coastal cities. And the east coast of the United States has a lot of very big coastal cities. How many devastating storms can we withstand? And when does the rising water force us to leave?
This from NPR’s Rachel Martin:
…Rob Young says that sooner or later the money it takes to rebuild coastal areas, storm after storm, isnt going to be worth it anymore. Making that case to the people who live here, though, will be difficult.
“Any discussion of changing the way we do business at the coast and potentially not rebuilding some areas makes local residents nervous,” Young says. “The issue is how long into the future can we afford as a nation to hold every shoreline, on East Coast to the Gulf Coast and the West Coast, in place.”
What is the worst thing that could happen to South Carolina? A hurricane would be terrible. But an oil spill would kill us. The extent of the wetlands on the coast make the idea of a clean-up next to impossible. And the billions of dollars that this state makes from tourism would evaporate, unlike the tar on our beaches. It might take decades to recover.
Oil and gas exploration off U.S. coasts would be expanded under legislation the U.S. House of Representatives passed over the threat of a presidential veto.
The vote on the bill, H.R. 2231, was 235-186.
The measure would require the Obama administration to conduct additional sales of oil and gas leases off the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina, southern California and Alaska over the next five years, reports Bloomberg BNA.
In addition, it would order the administration to create a plan that would open up almost all of the nation’s coastline for exploration; a draft would be due July 15, 2014, and a final plan approved by July 15, 2015.
“This bill doesn’t harm the environment,” said Washington state Republican Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “We want to drill safely and responsibly.”
Sadly, like Clean Coal, we haven’t found a way to do that yet.