Commissar Bill De Blasio Has A Plan To Save NYC From Hotcoldwetdry Or Something
Fresh off forcing school kids to go meatless on Monday’s, Commissar De Blasio thinks he knows how to save NYC from a tiny rise in seas which is actually less than average
Six years ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City. The storm put 51 square miles of it under water. Seventeen thousand homes were damaged or destroyed. Forty-four New Yorkers lost their lives.
We don’t debate global warming in New York City. Not anymore. The only question is where to build the barriers to protect us from rising seas and the inevitable next storm, and how fast we can build them.
On Thursday, I am joining a group of climate scientists and local officials to announce we’re filling one of the biggest gaps in our coastal defenses. We’re going to protect Lower Manhattan, which includes the Financial District, home to a half-million jobs, 90,000 residents, and the nexus of almost all our subway lines.
It will be one of the most complex environmental and engineering challenges our city has ever undertaken and it will, literally, alter the shape of the island of Manhattan.
Of course, there hasn’t been a repeat of Sandy. The Battery on the west side of lower Manhattan has been seeing just .94 feet of sea rise per century, which is less than expected during a Holocene warm period.
All across this country, cities are grappling with the same existential threat. But nowhere in the $4.75 trillion budget President Trump just proposed is there anything approaching a plan to protect our coastal cities from rising seas.
If you’re guessing that there is a lot of whining about Trump throughout the fable from Bill, you’d be correct
The plan we’re announcing will invest a half-billion dollars to fortify most of Lower Manhattan with grassy berms in parks and removable barriers than can be anchored in place as storms approach. But there’s one part of this area that will prove more complex, and more costly, to defend than all the others combined.
South Street Seaport and the Financial District, along the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan, sit so close to sea level — just eight feet above the waterline — and are so crowded with utilities, sewers, and subway lines that we can’t build flood protection on the land. So we’ll have to build more land itself.
What could possibly go wrong?
When we complete the coastal extension, which could cost $10 billion, Lower Manhattan will be secure from rising seas through 2100.
And, of course, Bill wants federal dollars to pay for it. Good luck with that.
The reason we’re forced take dramatic action now is because for years so many in Washington put the profits of Big Oil over the future of our planet. New York City is divesting our pension funds from the fossil-fuel companies who caused this crisis and we’re suing them for refusing to act when they knew the damage it would cause to cities like ours.
NYC literally couldn’t run without fossil fuels. All the private cars, taxis, limos, buses, trucks bringing in all the goods. None of those skyrises could have been built without them. Those bridges are for fossil fueled vehicles. The airports. Bill’s own fossil fueled vehicle which will take him from the Mayor’s house down to southern Manhattan.
The national emergency is already here. We have to meet it head-on. And we need Washington behind us.
Hey, why not just raise taxes on NYC residents? Most of them are like minded Warmists will to pay through the nose on this, right?
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