Juliette Kayyem makes a boatload of good points on climate/energy, but here’s the one that is a kick in the gut:
Six percent of the city [of Boston] would have been inundated with flood waters had Superstorm Sandy hit five hours earlier, during high tide, officials said.
We are vulnerable right now. What happened in NYC could very easily have happened here. In fact, it probably will. There
but for the grace of God go we.
Climate is the ultimate collective-action problem, and it’s hard to imagine that what we do here is actually going to make a difference world-wide. But while we’re preparing for the worst, it is indeed local action, local trust-building and local success that will make physical and economic adaptation more attractive to others as well.
Extreme weather + clean energy are the way of the future whether we like it or not. We might as well acknowledge it and start preparing as if our lives depended on it.
And in the meantime, Candidate Kayyem, whose experience includes disaster preparedness, has my attention.