Everybody knows that rising sea levels are a “thing” around the world. Cities like Miami, New York, Houston are all under threat from rising seas. There are many, many other cities, towns and areas around the world that face the same problem.
The problem doesn’t come from nature, the problem arose because of two things: human built cities where they shouldn’t have (at, near or even below sea level), and humans rapidly pumped gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, warming up the atmosphere, oceans and planet, causing land-based ice to melt. Sea level rise was simply a foregone conclusion once we dumped that much carbon dioxide (and other gasses) into the atmosphere.
In other words, this is a problem humans did to themselves. There is no disputing this fact.
So why would humans choose to make this problem even worse? Perhaps more importantly, why would they not finally admit that they’re going to keep making it worse?
The folly of the species is exemplified in this article – read it carefully. A $26-Billion Plan to Save the Houston Area From Rising Seas
Houston is a petrochemical nightmare for all life on Earth. The massive infrastructure there contains hundreds of thousands of miles of buried pipe carrying billions of gallons of petroleum products and byproducts. To “save” this infrastructure and industry, somebody got the bright idea that they should build a massive sea wall containing huge gates and miles and miles of sand dunes. All because they built a city where they shouldn’t have and all because they are a primary contributor to rising seas.
The cost is irrelevant, so not going to mention this here. The proposal is insane – a desperate attempt to save a dying industry that created rising seas by building a massive sea wall to protect a enormously destructive industry. The expenditure in resources and additional carbon dioxide trying to “save” Houston and the city of Galveston will be enormous.
This is pure folly – basically business-as-usual and a demonstration of the lip-service States and Governments and industry leaders are given to “combating climate change”. Apparently this term actually means “save the industries that caused it“. Somebody stands to make enormous sums of money from this project.
Everyday I find ample evidence of just how ignorant and selfish and stupid our species really is. We can’t let go of this civilization and will desperately try to do everything humanely possible to hang on to it, all the while making the problem worse and worse.
It should be obvious already that this “plan” would not work. Are they planning for Category 6 storms, which are increasingly likely? What happens when that occurs? Or when sea level easily tops their walls and washes over? Build higher walls? Admit defeat? Finally relocate what is necessary and essential to higher ground like they should have in the beginning?
There is a term called “managed retreat” that doesn’t seem to be used often enough. To fix the planned stupidity of the species, a managed retreat from dangerous ill-conceived locations should be the first consideration, not the last. But humans are pretty stupid and incredibly stubborn, having vested interests in maintaining their profits schemes for as long as possible.
When you realize that these are the very same people who are supposed to save us from deadly climate change, you should know that their folly is often chosen over common sense. Doing the right thing isn’t even a serious consideration in many if not most cases. Abandoning planned folly will ultimately be cheaper, more effective and long lasting, and far, far better for the planet.
Rising seas are virtually unstoppable – why do I have to keep repeating this? We cannot replace the missing ice. We have NO mechanisms to do this. Once the ice melts and enter the oceans, it’s going to be there for a long, long time. Sea level rise is rapidly increasing, and the ridiculous notions that walls will endlessly protect our civilization is really just stupid. We would be far better off to admit we need to work with nature and not against it.
We cannot win this battle. I know that and these planners and engineers should know that.