Friday, May 01, 2009

Get outta yer house, cuz I'm comin at ya!

I'm the big, bad climate change monster, and I bring big, bad things like really slow floods that bug the crap out of you until finally you end up with more than just wet feet (left). And this is Alaska so that water is COLD.

Newtok is an Alaskan village with 340 residents and they've given up, they're done, they're packing it in after thousands of years of withstanding some of the harshest weather conditions that humans tolerate. The residents of Newtok are moving to higher ground to escape flooding from climate change, if some way can be found to pay the estimated $130 million.

Who should pay? Newtok didn't cause the demise of their own village. But there's no way to tax the whole world based on CO2 production.

1 comment:

Peter Etnoyer said...

Is there no indigenous equivalent to the "wise man who built his house upon the rock"?

This is ridiculous. The Newtok made the same bad decision as anyone else who built too close the water's edge. Why should anyone pay? If it was a dam, I would understand, but climate change? I don't think so.