Climate change is happening and it’s going to be more expense than thought eariler. Government is now paying for thousands to relocate. The cost is running north of $500,000 on average to relocate a household.
There are several peculiar things going on. A place I’ve been watching for several years is the city of Miami Beach. It is an island very near Miami. Water started ponding in places never seen before a few years ago. It has gotten steadily worse. The city government has started a huge effort to survive with reservoirs and pumps. Miami Beach’s circumstances have gotten steadily worse and some roads have been swamped. The city wants roads raised which runs seven million dollars a mile.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nationally has spent far more than expected. It spends some of its money moving people out of harms way because that is cheaper than mopping up after a flood.
While doing what it can to avoid coming flood problems, FEMA must do a dance with the Trump Administration which does not want open admission there is such a thing as global warming. For the Administration to say FEMA must cut costs by preparing for increased flooding while simultaneously saying there is no increase in floods is the stuff of comedy.
The Administration might want to ask the four counties in the Miami area why they organized 10 years ago specifically to deal with global warming. It would be far cheaper for those counties to be deniers. But, they cannot.