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  •  I don't disagree about being careful... (4+ / 0-)

    ...and being smart about building. Check out all that East Coast ocean front housing literally built on sand dunes. In floodways. Etc.

    But there's a limit to what can be practically accomplished. If we were arriving on a habitable but uninhabited planet with 7 billion people in spaceships, we'd could terraform the place and avoid the catastrophe zones. We don't have that luxury, although climate change could very well reduce those numbers by a few dozen percentage points over several decades.

    My point is not to argue in favor of recklessness but rather to give people some slack about the impact on them of predictable natural disasters. We don't exactly live in a society that educates in favor of nature. Rather the contrary. Credentialed prophets, like Gilbert White in Boulder, are far and few between. Those who never hear what those prophets have to say should not get dissed for not having heard.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:46:45 AM PDT

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