Hurricane Ida flooding exposes failure of NYC anti-car, climate change zealots (opinion) – SILive.com
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Democrats have been warning us about the existential threat of climate change for a while now.
We’ve been told that global warming (that’s what they used to call it) would mean that coastal storms and hurricanes would get progressively worse and more frequent, leading to catastrophic flooding and the ultimate obliteration of life on Earth as we know it.
Al Gore rang the alarm bell 15 years ago with his 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
In the years since, the Democratic Party has made climate change a foundation plank in their campaign platform. That carbon emissions by the human race are driving climate change is taken as an article of settled scientific fact, if not dogma, by the left.
But what have they done to protect us from the calamitous extinction event that they are certain is on the way?
Actually, that’s not strictly true.
In their zeal to reduce carbon emissions, Democrats, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, have spent a lot of time looking to abolish fossil fuels.
Democrats have attacked what they call “car culture.” Drivers and their emissions-spewing vehicles are a major cause of our climate-change problem, we’re told.
So politicians in New York City and elsewhere have done whatever they can to discourage motorists.
They’ve given us bike lanes and speed cameras. Red-light cameras and reduced speed limits. They’ve charged us more for parking. Congestion pricing fees are on the way.
The ravages wrought by Hurricane Ida last week, and just before that, Hurricane Henri, exposed their folly for what it was: Political posturing.
We’ve had two history-setting storms in a row, the very kind of storm that we’ve been told to fear, and yet New York City was totally unprepared to meet the threat.
Because before you can drive all the cars off the road, and before you can have energy alternatives like wind and solar fully replace fossil fuels (if you can even do that), you have to do what you can to protect our vulnerable infrastructure, including our roads and mass transit systems.
Ida showed how far we have to go. Basements flooded. Streets became lakes. Homes suffered incalculable damage. Cars were engulfed. All this less than ten years after we got crushed by Hurricane Sandy.
Funny how the subways, commuter rail lines and buses, the very transportation alternatives pushed by the left, took some of the worst damage from Ida.
When are we going to fully build out our storm sewer system? Staten Island officials, many Republicans among them, have been crying out for this for years.
And Island officials have cried out for an expanded Bluebelt system and the preservation of open space in order to absorb storm water.
Were the Dems really interested in preparing us to battle future storms, or did they just want to score political points off the Republicans and their oil industry donors?
The lapses don’t end there. We still need yet more ways to get around if we’re truly to abandon our cars. And I don’t mean more Citi Bike stations.
Where’s the light rail? Staten Island has a single rail line, along one shore, to serve upwards of 500,000 residents.
Where are the additional bus lines? Islanders can barely go cross-borough on mass transit.
De Blasio at least give New York City a new fast ferry system. Staten Islanders still have to get to St. George to use it, but it’s a start.
Lefty pols and celebrities who scold us for our carbon footprints have failed to give up their own emissions-spewing fleets of SUVs, private jets and helicopters.
They told us for years that we were in an existential battle. They failed to prepare us for the fight.