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  •  It's hardly asinine. (1+ / 0-)
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    -- Take the cost of moving one family and building a new residence for them. Make that a distribution of families and estimate across normal ranges.

    -- Then do the same for businesses.

    -- Figure what a new Heathrow would cost.

    -- Do the work for the whole of London's inventory of human assets.

    Of course you get numbers that belong in an astronomy course. They're big numbers.

    But have you seen what happened to England this winter ??? It's not far off making the country less habitable -- less able to support a prosperous economy to be sure.

    GW is going to have an impact a 100 times worse.

    ₤135-trillion as a decent guesstimate for relocating London tells us that we cannot adjust. If it was ₤1-trillion, maybe we could. Even ₤10-trillion spread out over several decades might be plausible.

    ₤135-trillion says, "No!" We allow this to happen and we lose these coastal cities, not just move them. It is impossible for economic reasons to move them.

    "Teachers: the Architects of American Democracy"

    by waterstreet2013 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 02:01:06 PM PST

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    •  Monetizing some of the costs of moving a city may (2+ / 0-)

      help us know what ballpark the problem belongs in. So, I can agree with you that we need to know if it is a ₤1 or ₤10 problem. Heck, if we were moving Wichita, some people would might say, no problem, even an empty lot is more exciting ;) But, in dealing with a problem like moving London, I think we already know what ballpark were dealing with, and it goes way beyond the cost of moving a normal distribution of families. What's the value of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, or Big Ben? Those places really go beyond simple estimates of economic value. What is the Whitehouse, the Statue of Liberty, or the Washington Monument worth? I would strongly suggest that you not try to slap a number on them. People would be rightful offended if you simply say a priceless national treasure is worth $X billion. We know without even going through valuation exercises that our national landmarks are priceless. We know that the costs of materials and logistics doesn't even begin to express the full value of these places.  

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 03:18:18 PM PST

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