Mar 7, 2014
Americans Won’t Pay for Climate Preparations
Posted on Mar 29, 2013
Americans believe climate change is happening but are unwilling to pay to build sea walls and relocate coastal communities, a Stanford University poll released Thursday found.
The survey, conducted by the university’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the Center for Ocean Solutions, was the first to investigate public attitudes toward preparing for a future of rising seas and extreme storms.
Just 33 percent supported trucking in sand to replace beaches that were washed away in past storms, while 37 percent supported relocating communities away from the coast. There was more support for restricting future development in coastal areas. A large proportion—80 percent—said money for the efforts to protect coastal communities should come from the people who live there.
Jon Krosnick, the professor who oversaw the survey, seems to believe the public may see the effort to restrain climate change without reducing emissions as futile. “It’s support for preventing damage to people or business, but not by trying to hold mother nature back,” he said. “It’s saying: we are not going to win this battle, let’s retreat.’ ”
Read Truthdig’s on-the-ground report of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of the Rockaways community in New York City’s Queens neighborhood in November.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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