Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. Both times I followed the evacuation orders and both times my neighborhood escaped serious damage. Thank goodness!

I only feel for the unfortunate people in areas that didn’t fare as well.

Was climate change behind Sandy? That’s hard to know for certain, but scientists say climate change contributed to the storm’s destructiveness.

New York’s Governor Cuomo is more definitive:

Extreme weather is the new normal. In the past two years, we have had two storms, each with the odds of a 100-year occurrence. Debating why does not lead to solutions — it leads to gridlock. The denial and deliberation from extremists on both sides about the causes of climate change are distracting us from addressing its inarguable effects. Recent events demand that we get serious once and for all.

So, in the midst of the disaster, there is this one good thing–that people are finally taking climate change seriously.

There is also a sudden flurry of proposals for protecting New York City from the consequences:

I’m all for them, as long as we also start focusing on ways to address the root problem: reining climate change in.

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3 Responses to Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

  1. Frank McLaughlin November 28, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    It is irresponsible of both Mayor Bloomberg , and Governor Cuomo to associate this storm with ” climate change ” . If you look back in the meteorological archives for the past 70 years there are trends which reflect hurricane clusters caused by differential warming in the layers of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans which is independent of fossil fuel usage . I believe in man made climate change , however the extent of man’s influence by these means is a valid scientific argument .

  2. dyana thomas December 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    70 years ago, China or Japan were not big fossil fuel users, so to say this new way of storms and droughts are not part of that……..get your head out of trhe sand. You and others like you who continue to refuse to see will be the end of the world as we know it sooner rather than later

    • Frank McLaughlin December 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

      I look at facts that are part of the historical record and scientific analysis , not positions based on ideological predispositions .