Did the mayor of Miami Beach just show that global warming is manageable?


Hey, parking meters are hard, but here’s Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine declaring “victory” in the “first battle” against rising seas. His sword in this fight is a $400+ million infrastructure project that has prevented flooding in one of the lowest spots in Miami:

This is a victory for the first battle in what will be a long war against sea level rise. @MiamiHerald @joeflech pic.twitter.com/UQa6gJlmbJ

— Mayor Philip Levine (@MayorLevine) October 9, 2014

Why yes, it is remarkable that when you replace your city’s old and decaying drains with a new system, flooding can be managed.

And we missed this when looking at the photograph the first time.

@MayorLevine @DanJWeiss @MiamiHerald @joeflech Added solar panels – that should just about solve it!

— Elijah Zarlin (@elijahion) October 9, 2014

Ha! Solar panels will fix everything. (Check back with us when the first tropical storm blows through, however. Coconuts and solar panels don’t mix.)

However, not everyone is as convinced as the mayor at his “victory”:

.@MayorLevine @MikeGrunwald @MiamiHerald @joeflech So, the problem has been fixed for one year. What's the plan for the next 50 or 100?

— John Janik (@jjanik) October 9, 2014

This area of Miami Beach was featured prominently in the New York Times earlier this year, with Al Gore chiming in:

“Sea level rise is our reality in Miami Beach.” Powerful words from Mayor Philip Levine: http://t.co/hUKyoQRtMJ

— Al Gore (@algore) May 8, 2014

With this good advice from a reader:

@algore then stop building on flood plains you idiots ! #globalwarming is a lie ! WE ARE COOLING ! And we are fracing at 15000 ft , u loose!

— U-YEN (@UYENeffect) May 8, 2014

EXACTLY! In Miami, the core of the problem is actually politicians who allow the building of structures in areas that they say will flood. For example, this new science museum in Miami Beach is being built in a global-warming flood zone literally feet away from Biscayne Bay:


Maybe the science museum designers are anti-science?



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