20 Billion to Protect New York City. What About the Rest of the East Coast?

The photo on the left is by JesseandGreg showing a swamped East Village in New York City after Hurricane Sandy.

Yesterday I found some headlines that read:

Bloomberg unveils ambitious plan to protect NYC from climate change

“The plan, estimated to cost $20 billion, includes 250 recommendations in all, covering everything from erecting bulkheads and levees to retrofitting old buildings to protecting the city’s power infrastructure. (Fifty-three percent of NYC’s power plants currently sit within the 100-year floodplain, and by the 2050s, 90 percent could be in that danger zone.)”

That would be 20 Billion to just protect New York City. What about Boston, Norfolk, Miami, Atlantic City, and all the other towns and cities along the East Coast.

The article states,”Administration officials estimated that more than 800,000 city residents will live in the 100-year flood plain by the 2050s. That figure is more than double the 398,000 currently estimated to be at risk, based on new maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency released Monday.

Administration officials said that between 1971 and 2000, New Yorkers had an average of 18 days a year with temperatures at or above 90 degrees. By the 2020s, that figure could be as high as 33 days, and by the 2050s, it could reach 57 …

In 2009, [the panel] projected that sea levels would rise by two to five inches by the 2020s. Now, the panel estimates that the sea levels will rise four to eight inches by that time, with a high-end figure of 11 inches.”

I added the boldness to that last sentence. A link to a story on how faster melting Arctic sheet ice is making for faster rise in sea level is here

“New York is already trying to do its part to slow climate change; the city is halfway to its goal of a 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. But, given the latest projections of what climate change will look like for the rest of this century, Bloomberg and co. recognize that they need to start preparing for climate change as well as fighting it.

So at least New York is trying to prevent or slow climate change but what is that costing them? Climate change is going to make for some very expensive coming decades. It didn’t have to come to this. 

 


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