(Source: New York Times article printed in the May 4, 2016 edition of the Raleigh News & Observer, “Resettling America’s first ‘climate refugees,'” page 11A, by Coral Davenport and Campbell Robertson.)
Grants of $1 billion are on their way to 13 states “…to help communities adapt to climate change by building stronger levees, dams, and drainage systems.”
Levees, dams and drainage systems won’t help the 60 American Indians (Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribes) on the island called Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana. That island is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. A grant of $48 million is set to relocate the inhabitants of Isle de Jean Charles to a new community, one which at present does not exist. “We’re going to lose all our heritage, our culture,” said Chief Albert Naquin.
Those who read my blog (and thank you for your comments and suggestions these past several years and almost 200 articles later) are not likely to be surprised that the Old Progressive Maestro would be in favor of lending a hand to people displaced by climate change. However, in this instance I’m wondering why it would take $800 thousand for every man, woman and child ($48 million divided by 60) to be relocated.
Perhaps The Great Developer can get this done for a more reasonable amount….if he’s elected. Just wanted to slip that one in……
And, by the way, by 2050 estimates by the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security and the Intenational Organization for Migration come to 50 million to 200 million people that could be displaced by climate change worldwide.
Climate refugees indeed.