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That such an idyllic place is slipping into the sea is certainly newsworthy. But so is the community’s quirky reluctance to acknowledge the role of human-caused climate change. Instead, residents blame mere erosion. They also boast that Tangier voted 87 percent for President Trump – who doubts man-made climate change and who recently promised Tangier will be around for “hundreds more” years.
Unfortunately, that’s not what the science says. Instead, it is clear that local geography interacts with rising seas to create erosion rates likely to leave Tangier uninhabitable within a few decades. And that’s only if the increasingly powerful storms now sweeping the Atlantic Ocean don’t eliminate the town sooner.
Maybe God’s children need to grow up a bit. Why would their deity want perpetual infants?
These people, being Americans, are free to believe whatever they wish as the cause of their disappearing island. But if they don’t vacate, they will perish, and I will have no sympathy whatsoever. It doesn’t make a person less godly to duck when someone is shooting at them, or to find a new place to live when climate science is lapping their shoes.
If they want to drown believing it’s God’s Will, by all means, let them.
If they are sure their island is sinking, and sea level is not rising, all they would need is simple survey equipment to prove their hypothesis. There may even be historical surveys from as far back as good ole’ Washington to use as a reference. I think they are both right and wrong. Their island is sinking and eroding, but due to climate change and they are going to lose the battle, period. Now if they were wealthy they’d have the money to lobby congress and have tons of rock and earth and sand trucked in and their homes raised and their way of life saved for another generation or two, without money you have a small voice, an inaudible whisper. as ruled by the Supreme court, “Citizens United”!
I think it’s painfully obvious that Tangier Island will either be sacrificed on the cold, dispassionate table of a some detached accountant’s cost-benefit analysis or die a withering death by governmental inaction. Either way what’s long been apparent to this reader is that climate change triage is here to stay.
Welcome to the Anthropocene.
Strange that the view which belittles the faith of the Tangier Island residents makes no explanation for why it the $1.4 billion should be spent on Tangier instead of the uninhabited island to the north. Seems that Tangier is just survival of the fittest. Or maybe that isn’t such a great theory.
Author may not be a naturalistic evolutionist. But for those who are, there is no logical basis for preferring to help Tangier’s residents.
Let their imaginary friend in the sky help them.