From our neighbors to the west … I grew up in New York State in the age of Mario Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo is coarser and meaner, but he gets this one right:
The governor also continued to use Hurricane Sandy as a reason to talk about global warming.
“Climate change is real,” he said. “It is denial to say each of these situations is a once-in-a-lifetime. There is a 100-year flood every two years now. It is inarguable that the sea is warmer and there is a changing weather pattern, and the time to act is now.”
Among his proposals were a bailout fund for homeowners who want to move out of flood-prone regions, and aid for building homes that can withstand floods — ideas that are contingent on how much federal aid comes through. He also called for measures to better protect subways, public utilities, the fuel delivery system and New York Harbor.
We should look at Sandy and say “There but for the grace of God go I.” Actually, we should understand that it’s coming our way sooner or later.
We need to hear from our Governor how we’re going to prepare for coming disasters, and to have him use the bully pulpit — loudly and frequently — to speak out about climate, with the same urgency as he does about issues of justice and compassion.