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  •  The huge issue is retrofitting existing buildings (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, wonmug, SoCalSal

    As we've found with the Americans with Disabilities Act -- it's much easier (though not politically simple) to require new construction (or substantial remodels) to upgrade. Requiring homeowners and public buildings (and private businesses like that 7-11) to immediately invest huge amounts in retrofitting buildings is a very different order of magnitude. (In New England, old houses are very difficult to make barrier-free.) Even putting power lines underground in existing built-up areas, as some have proposed to reduce power outages in blizzards and hurricanes, is extremely expensive and disruptive.

    Frankly, if we were inclined to do this, requiring retrofits for extreme energy efficiency (to try to coax that CO2 level down) would be much higher on my list than trying to protect every building against every possible natural disaster. There has been hurricane/flooding damage in places that were not on anyone's list of high-risk areas (Vermont????). The same is true to some extent of tornado damage (Western Mass.?). With climate change, those occurrences are likely to increase. We maybe need to pay less attention to protecting buildings, and more attention to building community resilience to enable people to survive and rebuild their lives.

    •  The people who originally built downtown (0+ / 0-)

      Oklahoma City were much smarter than the people now in charge.  There is a network of tunnels that connect many of the  downtown buildings and hotels.  They serve to allow people to walk from one building to another to stay out of the weather, and they also act as a tornado shelter for people who work in downtown buildings.  Over the years restaurants and shops have been built in the tunnels, and they serve as exhibit space for artwork.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:23:16 AM PDT

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