Less Habitable Places

Why are we not parachuting food and water throughout Puerto Rico?
As climate changes, and it is changing regardless of whether it is man caused or natural, there will be areas of the world that are going to be, as in the past, uninhabitable, or risky. The question we as a nation must ask is, how much of the national treasury should support people who live in risky places?

The Washington Post recently reported that a house “outside Baton Rouge, valued at $55,921, has flooded 40 times over the years, amassing $428,379 in claims. A $90,000 property near the Mississippi River north of St. Louis has flooded 34 times, racking up claims of more than $608,000.” USA Today


One Houston home has been rebuilt by the government 16 times in 18 years. This is insane. On my favorite island of Kauai, my particular dwelling was built to be replaced, while the Getty property a few doors away was built to withstand anything! 

The federal flood policies that rebuild homes is $25 billion in the red. Yes, Puerto Rico was bad before the hurricane, and little remains, so it needs a lot of help — but if the island is going to take serial hits then we must examine our long term goals. Certainly one rebuild of an entire island will cost more than 40 rebuilds of homes in one floodplain, but could we at least look at flood plains in the US.

While Puerto Rico is a need to rebuild from scratch, and is obviously in a corridor that attracts hurricanes, I have no idea how many of the Islanders have flood insurance, or any insurance, meanwhile they NEED food and water parachuted throughout the island.

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