Originally Posted by patteeu
Do we build a seawall for every major city on the coast or just NYC? Shouldn't the people of NYC or the state of New York be interested in building a seawall if the cost benefit case is so strong? Or is it possible that there are other, higher priority uses for that $20b?
I don't think denial is the only obstacle here. It might not even be the biggest. It makes sense to consider ideas like the NYC seawall, but there are opportunity costs involved too.
Yes we need to consider all of these issues, and it takes time and thoughtful people talking to one another, and tough decisions based on probabilities, incomplete information, and competing priorities. The modern world is complicated.
But we aren't going to deal with that because half of the political machinery and the haha-cow-farts! people and I-won't-talk-science-because-UN-one-world-government people prevent serious grownup public discourse about the issues that you and I are bringing up.