Worlds Coming Apart: False Centers Cannot Hold

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 23:04 PM
November 27, 2012

        Not to be overly dramatic by paraphazing Yeat’s poem, ‘The Second Coming,’ but Hurricane Sandy has irrevocably changed the lives of those on the East Coast it has displaced, and its affects threaten the essence of modern life.

As James Atlas wrote for the New York Times in ‘Is This the End?’:  “We’d seen it before: the Piazza San Marco in Venice submerged by the acqua alta; New Orleans underwater in the aftermath of Katrina; the wreckage-strewn beaches of Indonesia left behind by the tsunami of 2004. We just hadn’t seen it here.”

But he adds, New York City had ample warnings of Global Warming’s dire threat.  Three years ago, NYC’s Panel on Climate Change issued a foreboding report:  “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure.”

Thus, Atlas summarizes: “there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea.”  In anticipatory contrast, the City and its State could also sink under the financial load left in Sandy’s wake.  Michael Gormley’s Associated Press story, ‘Cuomo: Sandy Cost NY, NYC $32B in Damage and Loss,’ indicates that Governor Cuomo expects the federal government to pick up this tab.  Cuomo’s estimate includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $19 billion for our largest city.

And, Gormley continues, these totals do “not include an additional accounting of over $9 billion to head off damage in the next disastrous storm, including steps to protect the power grid and cellphone network.”

Power grids and cell phones––essential elements for today’s lifestyle.  Sandy and so many other storms have well proven that electrical power sources should be piped underground, but politicians don’t touch this simple solution in public.

They also don’t discuss the insanity of rebuilding on the same sand-weak beaches that Sandy’s ‘relatives’ can so easily destroy.  As James D. Fraser, Sarah M. Karpanty and Daniel H. Catlin discuss in ‘We’re Too Close To The Sea’ for the Washington Post:  “Billions of dollars have been spent building seawalls, jetties, beaches and dunes, in efforts to control water flow and sediment movement and, ultimately, to stabilize dynamic shorelines to protect people and property.

“Unfortunately, these efforts have often failed. All engineered solutions, whether “hard construction” such as seawalls or ‘soft construction’ like dunes and beaches, have a limited life and have to be rebuilt repeatedly. . . the levels of destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy show that efforts to date have been wrongly directed or insufficient.”

Success demands that we look to Almighty God.  First, we must repent for ignoring Global Warming.  Second we must cry out for His mercy, as wholesale Christian Bibles illustrates:  “Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt (Psalm 123: 3.)”

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