Friday, October 14, 2011

$7,000,000,000,000

That's what rising sea level and subsidence is expected to cost the United States by 2070. That's the total we arrive at when looking at human costs and "exposed assets."

If you look at exposed assets rather than total population, then Miami, New York-Newark, New Orleans and Virginia Beach all climb higher on the list, with $7 trillion in assets vulnerable to severe coastal flooding by 2070.


That effort to restore the already disappearing Louisiana coast doesn't look so expensive when seven trillion dollars of loss is factored in, now, is it?

As a matter of fact, the $40 million effort, called "wasteful government spending" by some, looks like it isn't going to be up to the task. We're going to need a bigger boat.

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