Friday, December 07, 2012

Storm Planning Dilemma as Sea Levels Rise

Teabag Mentality:

The Virginia Tea Party described the study on its website as -- quote -- "more wasted tax dollars for more ridiculous studies designed to separate us from our money and control all land and water use."

And many of us, especially if older, more years observing and listening too, know full well these are the same types, especially if well off economically, that yell the loudest in condemnation when something happens or needs to be done, by any Government entity, and isn't extremely quickly while also attacking the public servants and any others working hard to so!

AIR DATE: Dec. 6, 2012 - Battleground Dispatches: Norfolk Readies for Future Storms, Sea Level Rise

When Hurricane Sandy hit a week before Election Day, it helped surface the issue of rising sea levels and resulting vulnerability of coastal cities to flooding. In conjunction with WHRO, Mike Melia travels to Norfolk, Va., where the mayor must decide whether or not to rebuild parts of the city that may be unlivable in 15 years.

MIKE MELIA: When residents of this port city wake up, even if there wasn't a storm that night, they regularly find some streets flooded simply from high tides. It is a far cry from the storm surges brought by Sandy further up the coast, but that superstorm, which hit the week before Election Day, brought to the surface the issue of rising sea levels, the vulnerability of coastal cities and what can be done to protect them.

In national exit polls, 64 percent of voters said that President Obama's response to the hurricane was a factor in their decision. Transcript>>>

Watch Norfolk Readies for Future Storms, Sea Level Rise on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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