With our changing climate comes more powerful storms, rising sea levels, and the subsequent flooding from storm surges. What were once freak incidents and “natural disasters” are now going to be a more common occurrence and the result is that the U.S. needs to spend big bucks in order to protect our infrastructure. During this time, the fossil fuel industry and the politicians they pay off continue to drill and extract and exacerbate the rising temperatures that lead to the emergency need for strengthening our infrastructure. There is also no shortage of evidence that oil companies like Exxon Mobil full well knew, for decades, their business’s part in accelerating climate change via CO2 emissions—and instead of spending money to create a more environmentally friendly way of creating energy and profits, they spent that money on quackery in order to sow the seeds of doubt about the very nature of climate change.
The higher tides now expected in places like Texas’s Gulf Coast means that something’s gotta give. A new 60-mile, infrastructure project has been proposed. It would buttress and reinforce Texas’s seawalls, and include “floating gates,” and “steel levees.” The AP reports that it would cost “at least $12 billion for the full coastal spine, with nearly all of it coming from public funds.”