Opinion | Climate Change Is Winning the Battle Over Our Coastlines

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As the climate changes, rising and warming seas will bring more supercharged storms.
Outside of Alaska, the United States has about 61,000 miles of ocean and estuarine shoreline, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is safe to say that it would cost trillions of dollars just to try to keep up with current vulnerability. And then, we will still get storms like Hurricane Ida that can overwhelm the best-laid plans.

I am not suggesting that we do not attempt shoreline protection anywhere. I am simply asking that we acknowledge that we can't provide that protection everywhere. We need to decide where it is in our national interest to be spending federal money, and equally important, where that coastal protection…
Robert S. Young
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