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The warming ocean is leaving coastal economies in hot water

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By Charles Colgan

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In the U.S., rising sea levels will soon overwhelm Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana and Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay.

It's not a sudden rise in sea levels. People will move from the shore. We have rebuilt from worse. Not an unsolvable problem. That said, some of the other issues raised will have to be addressed. But humans are clever. We'll figure it out.

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That said, some of the other issues raised will have to be addressed. But humans are clever. We'll figure it out.

It has been figured out for quite some time. What needs to be done has also been figured out. We have also figured out how to do it.

What we haven't figured out is why some politicians don't want to do it.

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It has been figured out for quite some time. What needs to be done has also been figured out. We have also figured out how to do it. What we haven't figured out is why some politicians don't want to do it.

According to the article, "There is no cold-water tap that we can simply turn on to quickly return ocean temperatures to “normal,” so communities will have to adapt while the entire planet works to slow greenhouse gas emissions to protect ocean economies for the future." What, exactly, has been figured out then?

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What, exactly, has been figured out then?

You quoted it. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And we know how to do it.

Anything else you need explaining?

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Anything else you need explaining?

You suggest politicians don't want to do it. Kindly elaborate.

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You suggest politicians don't want to do it. Kindly elaborate.

I can’t. Because even though we know what the causes are, and we know both the consequences and the solutions, they aren’t prepared to do what we pay them to do.

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If this is just what mother nature does, then the 6th great extinction is upon us. You can't stop mother nature. Or maybe deniers can tell when all of this is going to stop.

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You suggest politicians don't want to do it. Kindly elaborate.

An example would be the state of Florida, which began removing climate goals from public policy as far back as the administration of Rick Scott. More recently the current Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed legislation blocking cities from restricting the use of natural gas and has promoted tax breaks on gas stoves in response to initiatives elsewhere curbing their use. He has also criticized the Biden administration for restricting oil drilling and for pushing climate change initiatives. The governor defends this even as his state experiences record flooding and record high water surface temperatures.

Georgia state laws restrict the amount of rooftop residential solar power to protect the fossil fuel power industry. Georgia still allows HOAs to refuse to allow residents within their developments to install solar panels and a proposed new Georgia law would let utility companies regulate solar power installation companies, which is a pretty obvious conflict of interest.

I could write a lengthy paper on the subject as the US is full of examples of such political cowardice, but you get the idea.

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The denial of the climate crisis is stupid and suicidal.

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