As the Panama City News Herald reports
This discussion must happen now in Florida. Because as one of the most vulnerable states in the nation. It can’t afford to wait.
There was a time, in the not-so-distant past. All when intelligent people could debate the progression and consequences of global climate change. When they could argue that rising sea levels were just a cyclical phenomenon that posed no threat to humans. As well as no barrier to those who wanted to develop in flood plains and ever-closer to the ocean.
Particularly for Floridians, those days are behind us now. The focus has shifted. So now the questions are now a matter of degree: Which properties are likely to be affected by sea-level rise? How much taxpayer money should governments pour into efforts to protect structures along Florida’s coast. And when plus how should the government discourage things. I mean further building in the areas projected to be most vulnerable?
Many of these questions have answers that state and national officials don’t want to hear. One recent example: A study released in June suggests that, within the next 20 years, Florida will face a $76 billion cost just to protect existing structures against encroaching waters.
Florida’s Sea Level Is Rising
And It’s Costing Over $4 Billion