The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has it covered, with a six-mile seawall proposal, but lining up against them are the usual suspects; environmentalists. Joining them are real estate developers who want to sell views, make their profit, and then leave it to 49 other states to pay the costs when another hurricane hits.
We've all seen this before, though you would not know it from corporate media coverage which, unfortunately, turns television claims into history for young people. In the 1990s, the Army Corps of Engineers said they need to fix levees in Louisiana and all along the Mississippi Delta. Environmentalists sued and President Clinton - who had already torpedoed nuclear science and legitimized alternatives to vaccines for Democrats - sided with environmentalists.
Just 8 years later, the worst fears came to pass and Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed the levees. No one knows how many died, because indirect deaths are lumped in with actual deaths, but it is at least 1,000, mostly senior citizens. Who got the blame? President George W. Bush and Republicans, even though it was the Clinton administration who had overruled his own Army Corps of Engineers.
Years later when what New York media labeled a 'superstorm' hit New York City and dozens died, an obvious engineering solution was again proposed, and it was again blocked by environmentalists.
But news archives and internet availability of alternatives to corporate science media were sparse in 2005. Environmentalists blocking public safety won't be as easy to hide for future scholars because news is no longer dominated by corporate giants.
In the old corporate media world, Weather Channel would've just edited all but the first 10 seconds out and Mike Seidel would've looked like he was bravely battling Hurricane Florence. Instead, we see he was acting so well even his cameraman had to be impressed. That was the world in which political allies of TV producers, like environmental activists, had outsized control over the facts people were given.
Regardless of the modern cultural milieu, "environmental" journalists are out in force lobbying for their clients in the halls of public opinion: "Floridians would live with the risk of water to preserve their lifestyle,” Cynthia Barnett told the New York Times. What risk? They will count on the federal government to bail them out. This is the same "lifestyle" environmentalists opposed last year.
But just like there are calls to penalize people who won't take the COVID-19 vaccine, a small group of activists should not be able to deny protection for everyone in Florida. Or they should have to pay the costs for the destruction Florida knows is going to happen.
Just this once, environmentalists should listen to the science. History is already going to treat them poorly because they have been caught lying about everything from water to pesticides and their own legacy of eugenics, they don't want more blood on their hands from hurricanes.
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