So there’s this minor issue of local interest that perhaps should play a role in our Senate race this year:
As temperatures are projected to climb, polar ice to melt, and oceans to swell over the coming decades, Boston is likely to bear a disproportionate impact of rising sea levels, government scientists report in a new study.
The seas along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England are rising three to four times faster than the global average, and coastal cities, utilities, beaches, and wetlands are increasingly vulnerable to flooding, especially from storm surges, according to the US Geological Survey study published Sunday.
It is fine and well to do one’s one part to halt climate change: Drive less, conserve home energy, eat less meat, and so forth. But climate change calls for strong action in our self-defense: If a foreign power or terrorist group could credibly threaten to inundate a good chunk of the East Coast, how seriously would we take that threat?
And many of the actions that need to be taken, like revamping our extremely wasteful energy grid, our completely beyond an individual’s power. We need billions, yes bilions, in investment to make that happen.
And we need a price on carbon, so that the real cost of climate change is priced into the fuels; and so that the renewables market flourishes. Congress can do that. One bike-riding vegetarian can’t.
Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren should both be absolutely hounded on this issue, every day between now and November.
Brown in particular could put himself in a unique position as a climate-hawk Republican, while covering his left flank and becoming truly cross-partisan. If it were a real commitment on his part, it could be huge. Somehow I doubt he’ll do it, but I’d welcome that evolution.