I guess when you live near a coast, humoring nutcases and think-tanks isn’t as attractive:
HuffPo – Despite the devastation that Katrina brought to New Orleans in 2005 and now Sandy has brought to coastal communities in New York and New Jersey, few cities have even finished planning for climate change, a recent study by JoAnn Carmin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found.Just 13 percent of U.S. cities had completed such an assessment, according to the study, which in total looked at 468 cities worldwide. Planners said they had few resources available to help their cities adapt to a changing climate – not just the threat of more storms – with a large number listing securing funds as a major challenge to their ability to plan.
You know what makes it even harder to plan? When state and local budgets are cut to the bone to finance tax cuts for zillionaire moguls and a huge chunk of the populace is endlessly by actors paid to tell them the problem doesn’t even exist.