Right-Winger Says Don't Worry About Climate Change, We Can Just Build Miami Elsewhere

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A big part of Miami as we know is in danger of being underwater sometime in the near future. The science is indisputable at this point, but right-wingers are struggling to deal with how to handle this. Well, Marlo Lewis, a Fox News contributor and senior fellow of the fossil-fuel-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute, was on NPR's On Point with host Tom Ashbrook yesterday and had a novel idea. He thinks we'll just end up moving Miami anyway.

See also: Rolling Stone Predicts Miami Will Be Underwater by 2030

"We shouldn't get into a panic and think that we have to do something drastic right now or we're all going to be underwater right now," he said.

Lewis did admit that climate change is happening and that he believes industrial emissions might be the leading cause over the past 50 years (so, hey, he seems to understand all of this better than Sen. Marco Rubio). He just doesn't think it's that big of a deal.

Lewis thinks that if sea level rises four feet over a thousand years, we'll have plenty of time to adapt and possibly relocate major metro areas. Ashbrook reminded him it could be more like ten feet in 200 years and asked, "So you're saying move New York, move Miami, move Southern Florida, move Boston?"

"Yeah," Lewis replied. "Most building stock turns over in about 50 years, and so the market adapts to this sort of phenomenon anyway."

So Lewis believes that as coastal lands dip underwater, we'll simply rebuild major areas on higher land. Wouldn't it be beautiful one day to visit Doral Beach and look out at the ruins of downtown Miami?

Here's what South Florida would look like if sea level rose one meter (in red) and six meters (in orange).

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Not a lot of hospitable non-swampland there.

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45 comments
Jeff Rab
Jeff Rab

Maybe it can flood this weekend.

Dorys Railene Ocaña
Dorys Railene Ocaña

Obviously he has no idea of the culture here. Miami is really North Cuba, so relocating won't work! LMAO

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

The beings are going to build till the end of the world! Your wrong Lisa but it's to late to fix now and Mario it won't last 20 years!!!

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

Believe? This isn't a religion, it's scientific fact. For those of you who refuse to accept the expert opinions of 297 out of 300 climate scientists I have this to say: According to the geological evidence found in ice and underwater core samples we should be heading into another ice age. So why is the average temperature going up? Magic???

Bone Lee Tadpole
Bone Lee Tadpole

This what happens when you take "Chicken Little" out of the schools...!!!!!!!!

DonG
DonG

So much fear mongering.  Its irresponsable to give this misinformation.  Do you have any idea how much water it would really take to raise the sea level 1 meter??

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

climate change is a natural event...there is no global warming....you've been lied to ! = again

Barbara Guttman
Barbara Guttman

They already got rid of stilt city.... Now it will be the only way to have" ocean front......( all the homes on the outer banks/ Hatteras... All are on cement pillions ....)

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

For all you morons who dont believe in this, stop thinking everything is going to be ok because it is not, wake up and smell the coffee, miami is going to be underwater soon, so move out while u can, im moving soon

Myron Luzniak
Myron Luzniak

LOL, in 200 years why would I give a flying fart in space what happens to Miami?

Michael del Vice
Michael del Vice

What's so horrible is that people in Miami will believe Marco Rubio and his BS....I thought for a minute that guy was going to do something right for our city and now he just wants to fuck it all up like Rick Scott

Michael del Vice
Michael del Vice

In in Venice right now!!!!! The people who live here are VERY VERY concerned about climate change. They predict 2 meters in 50 years....

Phillip Soares De Sa
Phillip Soares De Sa

I'm amazed at the reactions from some of these commenters. Maybe it's a good thing their homes will be below sea level.

Adrian Diaz
Adrian Diaz

I mean a lot of cities have been moved and rebuilt yeah why not old miami

Rick Hartfelder
Rick Hartfelder

IT'S THE SUN.....STUPID!!!! First came global cooling, then global warming, now it is climate change! It's called....hmmm...let me think....oh yeah....weather, that's right weather.

Albert Gomez
Albert Gomez

The New Times, you are better off just posting your mugshot of the week. Know your audience. This is like selling ice to an Eskimo. Focus on Memorial Day snapshots and stop giving air to vapid humanoids.

John Rogger
John Rogger

I'm not buying it, there's no climate change other than the same dam change the earth has gone through on it's own countless times in the past. We're just the first to have tools to record it

Christian Meighan
Christian Meighan

Throughout most of its history, Florida has been under water. Portions of the Florida peninsula have been above or below sea level at least four times. As glaciers of ice in the north expanded and melted, the Florida peninsula emerged and submerged.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I'll be in oceanfront property in a few decades, either that or the Everglades will make it swampland again ?

Alex Alejandro Daguer
Alex Alejandro Daguer

Stupid title. Important topic, new times is trying to scare people. Not a great way to present a real tragic situation

Current Flow
Current Flow

Datz not Miami datz south miami beach...but yeah u could try...good luck with dat!

Mark Leavitt
Mark Leavitt

Read the book One Island, One Ocean - it's happening as we speak, these guys walk the talk-- four-man crew with over fifty port of calls in 13 months and logging 28,000 nautical miles in a 64' steel cutter. Hard core.

Archie Knuckles III
Archie Knuckles III

If the climate decides to change on its own (as it has done over and over again for billions of years), exactly how would we stop it anyway? We can't even control the weather, but we're supposed to somehow control the entire planet's climate? Or is the climate supposed to remain perfectly stable as-is forever, just because WE'RE here?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Born and raised in Miami.  

Over 50 years.

Boat owner for almost 30 years.

The water level has risen not 1 one millimeter.


Nothing.

Zip

Zilch

NADA!!!




nsu1997
nsu1997

Sounds right to me. I'm always amused when humans think we actually have ANY way to control the climate of a whole planet when we can't even stop it from raining in Cleveland for a ball game on Saturday. The earth's climate has been all over the place for billions of years, from complete snowball to no ice at all, well before humans were even thought of. Yet us narcissistic humans seem to believe the climate will now just stop and remain stable forever, just because WE'RE here now. LOL

Dani Ela
Dani Ela

That makes me so sad .. I love this place

Aldo Suarez
Aldo Suarez

I keep telling my mom her townhouse in Kendallia will be prime real estate someday...

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

"He thinks we'll just end up moving Miami anyway."

You're right.  Major population centers won't relocate.  Everyone will just continue living in their flooded out cities until they drown.

christian_ferreyra
christian_ferreyra

Saying that, you cannot call stupid anybody you don't see reflected in a mirror, my friend.


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