NOVEMBER 08, 2012
The Washington D.C. area and surrounding government infrastructure will be virtually destroyed by global warming over the next century, according to the latest study financed by American taxpayers.
At the very least climate change will cause billions of dollars in damage to city and federal property in the District of Columbia, say researchers at the public institution, the University of Maryland, that disclosed the alarming news this week. This disaster will occur as a result of long-term sea level rise caused by global warming.
It gets worse, according to the esteemed academics that conducted the in-depth probe. “Potential for significant damage will be even greater in the event of extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy,” they reveal in a press release announcing their findings. Over the next 100 years, continuing sea level rise could cause damages of more than $24.6 billion to Washington’s commercial property, museums, and government agencies.
This is based on trends and predictions that suggest the nation’s capital is likely to face flooding and infrastructure damage caused by sea level rise linked to thermal expansion of the oceans and melting of global ice sheets caused by global warming. “Climate change not only results in increasing the sea level but also the annual rate and intensity of storms,” claims one of the university researchers.
To stop this tragedy from occurring, they recommend that the government get involved. “Decisions must be made in the near future by lawmakers or city planners on how to reduce the impact of and adapt to sea level rise,” they say. “Cost-effective methods to deal with sea level rise should be developed, and long-term solutions that extend well into this millennium are necessary.”
Exactly how this can be accomplished likely requires more taxpayer-funded research, so stay tuned. Under President Obama, the government has dedicated substantial resources to expose the ills of global warming and the doom it will bring if humans don’t adapt a “green” mentality. In fact, the Maryland study is simply the latest of many publicly-financed projects that aim to accomplish this.
In the last few years Uncle Sam has paid for a variety of studies warning that global warming will make food and water dangerous, cause mental illness, cancer and threaten national security. In fact, a consortium of Obama Administration scientists from several government agencies—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Department and National Institute of Environmental Health Science—have confirmed that global warming is one of the “most visible environmental concerns of the 21st century.”
Last fall a separate government agency came out with an alarming report saying that global warming is much worse than previously imagined because the ocean actually masks the true rate of damage for periods as long as a decade. In this version, the sea is storing the heat that damages the earth, making it appear as if there is a sort of hiatus in global warming when there really isn’t.
Not surprisingly, the Obama Administration has determined that people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and those living in urban areas (if you read between the lines this means ethnic minorities) are more “susceptible” and “vulnerable” to diseases exacerbated by climate change. That can only mean one thing; taxpayer dollars will inevitably be allocated to further study this phenomenon.
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