I watched the first minute of Hand in Hand, the celebrity fund raiser for hurricane victims. In that minute I was told I was either blind or ignorant for not believing in global warming. I’m not a scientist but I’m pretty sure the climate has been changing since the beginning of time – human cause or not. We wouldn’t have the great lakes if the glaciers hadn’t melted. I don’t like the political fervor behind all of this or the belief that we can throw money at it and change the climate.
Here is something that we can change.
In 1900 Florida had a population of roughly 500,000 people. Most of these people lived in the northern region. Miami-Dade County (the general area) had only 5,000 residents. In 2000 the state population jumped to 16 million and between 2000 and 2004 the population jumped another 1.5 million. Most of this growth in the state is in the southern and coastal regions of the state. The estimated population of the greater Miami region in 2016 is 6.7 million.
The population on barrier islands in the US is estimated at 1.4 million. One half of that population is in Florida. Barrier islands are basically long sandy beach islands that are built up by waves, currents and winds and they are meant to protect the shore lines. Instead of protecting the main lands we have now built them up with fabulous vacation homes built on the sand. Yes, I love vacationing on a barrier island but I would need a whole lot more readers to enable me to buy a home there.
Houston: Houston was just a baby city in 1900. In 2010 that baby grew to over 2 million residents and is now the 4th biggest city in the country. This geographic area was marshes, swamp, rivers and lakes before being settled. It stands at a whopping 50 feet above sea level.
We can continue to blame fossil fuels for climate change or global warming. But wouldn’t it make sense to not build in areas that are so exposed to natural events? Moving millions of people in the hurricane strike zone doesn’t really make sense. Am I more ignorant in not believing in global warming or is the man who builds his house on the sand?