I'm sure he has a graph to show that it is.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:34 PM
Want to know how you can tell this happened to a largely rich, white group of people? Two pages and hardly one retreaded argument about how dumb people are living in hurricane zones.
Given the size and power of the storm, much of the damage from the surge was inevitable. But perhaps not all. Some of the damage along low-lying coastal areas was the result of years of poor land-use decisions and the more immediate neglect of emergency preparations as Sandy gathered force, according to experts and a review of government data and independent studies.
Authorities in New York and New Jersey simply allowed heavy development of at-risk coastal areas to continue largely unabated in recent decades, even as the potential for a massive storm surge in the region became increasingly clear.
In the end, a pell-mell, decades-long rush to throw up housing and businesses along fragile and vulnerable coastlines trumped commonsense concerns about the wisdom of placing hundreds of thousands of closely huddled people in the path of potential cataclysms.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:36 PM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:41 PM
And global warming is going to make this much, much worse.
Of course, if local governments had shown some foresight and enforced stricter land use restrictions and building codes everyone would have spent the last few decades bitching and moaning about how big gub'ment was ruining their lives.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:47 PM