Whew! What a party!
It’s almost one week since Hurricane Sandy paid the Tri-State Area an unwanted visit. As of this writing, thousands in the region are still without electricity, gas lines are long, and patience is wearing thin. Plus telecommunication glitches still abound.
It makes one think how one storm can make such an impact the way Sandy did. Thanks to Sandy we have to change what we call “normal”. We in the New Jersey-New York region need to understand that our supposed toughness is just that: supposed. We too are vulnerable to nature’s unpredictability as everywhere else on the globe.
We’re going to have to change our “business as usual” mindset. We have to stop building on our coastlines as if they’re our playground. We’re going to have to develop solid contingency plans for future storms (and yes, they’ll come) that can help our region survive. We need to become less car-dependent and more communal. Instead of building more “McMansions” and luxury high-rises, we need to overhaul our infrastructure so we can better withstand future storms.
Plus, political parties of every stripe will have to acknowledge the issue of climate change and our role in it-no matter how politically unpopular it may sound. And solid responses to said climate change need be done now while we still have the luxury of time.
Welcome top the “New Normal”; like rock-and-roll, it’s here to stay.
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