I had forgotten about this video until very recently. In it, I am recorded by Seed Magazine, then my employer, asking a question for the 2008 presidential candidates–and my topic is whether they’re ready for a hurricane submerging much of New York City.
My precise words:
“What are you going to do about the well documented possibility of a strong hurricane hitting New York City and possibly submerging much of it? Have you or your advisers even begun to think about this incredibly alarming scenario?”
As I recall, this was supposed to be submitted to CNN for some sort of crowd-sourcing of questions they were doing. Clearly, it was never asked directly of any candidate.
The point is, this kind of disaster was easy to predict if, you know, you pay attention to scientists.
So why didn’t our leaders start building seawalls back in 2007? Simple–we continue to have a huge disconnect between science and public policy in America. It has always been my goal to bridge that gap. But we’ve got a long, long way to go.