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Sandy shows the U.S. is unprepared for climate disasters
Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2012 | by Brad Plumer

Posted on 10/31/2012 6:46:38 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

There are two main ways to respond to climate change. First, we can try to slow the rate of global warming by curbing our greenhouse-gas emissions. But there’s also “adaptation”—we can try to reshape our existing infrastructure to make ourselves more resilient in the face of climate disasters.

Many experts say we’ll need to do both.

The fallout from Hurricane Sandy has provoked at least a few politicians into taking adaptation more seriously. “It is something we’re going to have to start thinking about,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after surveying the flooding in lower Manhattan. “The construction of this city did not anticipate these kinds of situations. We are only a few feet above sea level.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climatechange; climatefraud; climategate; failure; hoax; hurricanesandy; sandypolitics; socialism
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1 posted on 10/31/2012 6:46:49 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah, everyone complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it!


2 posted on 10/31/2012 6:49:23 AM PDT by Obadiah (The corrupt MSM is the enemy of the American people.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I was NOT a climate disaster. It was a big honking storm.


3 posted on 10/31/2012 6:50:24 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oh how do we appease the gods of global warming? Let us offer sacrifices of carbon credits and taxation of dirty industry.


4 posted on 10/31/2012 6:52:13 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
From my Introduction to Business course in College bureaucracy is and big government can handle any problem and is the least efficient way.
5 posted on 10/31/2012 6:52:24 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I bet the solution is more communism.

Pray for America


6 posted on 10/31/2012 6:53:07 AM PDT by bray (Nov 6, tell Obama to Stand Down!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"We are only a few feet above sea level.”

Can I get a "No Duh?"

7 posted on 10/31/2012 6:54:00 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Triple

Shemp the Stooge Smith yesterday afternoon was going on and on about how we had to rethink everything and redo everything because of this storm. How ridiculous! we are going to spend billions on reconfiguring things based on one freak storm? Climate change cultists jumped on this with both feet.


8 posted on 10/31/2012 6:55:28 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: All

It’s all global warming and humans wasting resources. The WaPo should lead by example and shut down the print edition because it’s wasting trees. Then they should all just shut down their buildings, all their employees should just give up their cars and stop utilizing resources like electricity and gas/oil to heat their homes.
Oh, and they should all lead the way and pay higher taxes.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 6:55:34 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Climate disaster” is newspeak for weather.


10 posted on 10/31/2012 6:59:10 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If New Yorkers are so worried about hurricanes, they should not rebuild next to the Atlantic Ocean. The barrier islands should be off limits to rebuilding, according to the EPA....and you know how Liberals love the EPA. Perhaps an endangered spider or salamander will be discovered on Long Island and the entire reconstruction process will come to a halt.


11 posted on 10/31/2012 7:03:36 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
He couldn't bring himself to say "Sandy shows the U.S. that man's works is unprepared are usually not a match for climate natural disasters."

"Never let a crisis go to waste" includes never letting a natural disaster go by without using it to further the idea that Washington, DC needs to aggregate more power to itself in order to "protect" us from something they have no control over.

Mr. niteowl77

12 posted on 10/31/2012 7:07:21 AM PDT by niteowl77 (Getting stuck with other peoples' just desserts good and hard for over 50 years.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Unprepared? Wasn’t that what the 1.5 billion rounds of ammo were for?


13 posted on 10/31/2012 7:07:33 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Now imagine nukes launched from barges about 200 mules out. There’d be about 5 minutes warning. DC, NYC, Boston, Miami, destroyed with tens of millions of dead and dying.

The muzzloids are probably planning this right now.


14 posted on 10/31/2012 7:07:36 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Triple
I was NOT a climate disaster. It was a big honking storm.

You are so right. Big difference between climate and weather.
Climate is what you EXPECT.
Weather is what you GET.
This was a weather event. Period.

15 posted on 10/31/2012 7:09:06 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

We need Sacrifices !!! Let’s see, Michael Moore, George Soros, both Clintons, and both Obamas, into the nearest active volcano. Michael Moore last: we need his sheer bulk to plug it, in case the volcano gets as sick of them as we are. . .


16 posted on 10/31/2012 7:09:06 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
“The construction of this city did not anticipate these kinds of situations. We are only a few feet above sea level.”

LOL! I wonder how many times throughout history those words have been spoken and yet they've still rebuilt?

17 posted on 10/31/2012 7:16:34 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (People will vote for Obama to replace a god that they don't believe in)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why should it? The guy has a big problem on his hands that probably needs fixing.


18 posted on 10/31/2012 7:16:38 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Maybe if we stopped buying Sandra Fluke the Flake condoms we could afford to have disaster control.

Shove it, WaPo. As if anyone with a real education is going to believe a collection of bottom of the SAT journalism majors.

You’ve be-clowned yourselves to such an extent that even clowns disown you.


19 posted on 10/31/2012 7:17:10 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Triple

A big honking storm with disastrous results that didn’t have anything to do with climate?


20 posted on 10/31/2012 7:21:02 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

https://twitter.com/bradplumer

21 posted on 10/31/2012 7:26:39 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: stuartcr

You’re confusing climate with weather.


22 posted on 10/31/2012 7:30:22 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: kcvl
Hey !   Did you snag that from Webster's under 'douche wimp' ? !
23 posted on 10/31/2012 7:30:55 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Shovel ready, anyone?

Thames Barrier

Holland


24 posted on 10/31/2012 7:30:55 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

These people really believe storms like these are a new occurrence and could be prevented? They need to get over themselves. Mother Nature has always kicked our behinds.


25 posted on 10/31/2012 7:35:24 AM PDT by The Conservative Goddess
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Are you saying that current weather has nothing to do with climate?


26 posted on 10/31/2012 7:39:07 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; mickie; flaglady47
Shempherd Smith just loves these big "disaster" events because he's the biggest drama queen on TV.

Between his constant editorializing while reporting, his inane asides, his irritating voice and his over-acting, I just can't wait till the top o' the hour when Bill O'Rudely comes on with his arrogance, interrupting and over-talking.....

Oh, wait, I think I'm going mad....they're coming to take me away, away.......

Leni

27 posted on 10/31/2012 7:58:24 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

In the end, is there really anything we can do to prevent it? When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Mother nature isn’t discriminatory.


28 posted on 10/31/2012 8:01:23 AM PDT by Durbin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Lost me on the first sentence.

We can prepare on the individual level for stuff, and maybe on the city/county level. But the country is too big for some grand Federal plan.

Beside that, the Feds tend to make a mess and use too much money.


29 posted on 10/31/2012 8:07:09 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah, there were no such things a hurricanes before “Global Warming” started in 1580. I defy anyone to produce a satellite photograph of a hurricane which can be proven to have been taken before that date.


30 posted on 10/31/2012 8:08:09 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Sandy shows the U.S. is unprepared for climate disasters ,p> Anyone who would make such a statement is guilty of spouting nuclear grade idiocy.

Maybe building a 100 foot tall barrier wall along the entire shoreline would do it.

Or making everyone move to locations at an altitude of at least 1,000 feet.

Anyway - It's Obama's fault - he promised to lower the seas.

But that's just another Obama promse broken.


31 posted on 10/31/2012 8:38:36 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

A catagory 1 storm that was wide. It went ashore just as a cold front came in from Canada. So what!

If it had come ashore South of Galveston TX would anyone have noticed? This one came ashore in one of the most populated and built up areas of the US.

If a typhoon came ashore in Los Angeles just as a major earthquake hit and snow fell in the mountains while the LA hills burned, would we also blame it on glo=bull warming?

AND IT IS ALL GLO-BULL WARMING’S FAULT! sarc/off


32 posted on 10/31/2012 8:51:01 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Iron Munro
**** Anyway - It's Obama’s fault - he promised to lower the seas.

But that's just another Obama promise broken. ****

Not so! When Obama got involved, the hurricane dissipated, the seas stopped rising and went down. ALL PRAISE HELMSMAN OBAMA!

“WHEN IN THE STORM WE LOOK TO THE HELMSMAN!...”-(Old CHI-COM SONG about Mao)

33 posted on 10/31/2012 8:57:07 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Have we never had hurricanes before? This is really ridiculous to say that “climate change” caused this.

Climate change also cannot and did not cause the fact that other weather systems were also in the same area at the same time that this system absorbed into itself to make it stronger.

Something that would have happened regardless of weather or not there is climate change is not evidence of climate change’s existence...yet the left perpetuates this nonsense anyway.

34 posted on 10/31/2012 9:00:29 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Indeed—I take it as a positive sign for Republicans next week that the RATS are starting to beat the climate change drum again.


35 posted on 10/31/2012 9:04:16 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: stuartcr

I’d more say that climate has something to do with weather.


36 posted on 10/31/2012 9:14:19 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sandy was not even a Hurricane when it made landfall. Are they claiming we need to spend trillions now because of a Tropical Storm ? If this was a Cat 4-5 at its maximum and then remained a strong Hurricane when making landfall, they might have a point.


37 posted on 10/31/2012 9:24:21 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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