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.”