Keeping The Next Storm At Bay
washingtonpost.com — Let me propose an initiative for the next administration, starting with Day One: Get the nation started on the surge barriers, flood walls and other big infrastructure projects that can protect our coastal cities from being ravaged by the next Hurricane Sandy. We can sit around and wait for it to happen. Or we can begin to protect our cities, using strategies that are already being employed around the world. It seems foolish not to protect our major cities and their harbors. In the final analysis, we’ll be saving not just money but lives. Great infrastructure projects that are in the national interest, such as the interstate highway system, have been able to garner broad public support — and have helped boost the economy. Here, then, is a project for the young century: Meet the challenge of a rising sea.