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Fear, Floods & Leading from Behind

31st Oct 2012 posted in Resilience

In today’s New York Times, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded like a man staring into the final frontier: “It’s amazing how much of Brooklyn and Queens goes underwater so quickly,” he said. “We’ve just ignored it. We’ve just been blind to it.” He floated ideas for big solutions for the long term; he acknowledged they would be expensive and unpopular.

But then he said something truly scary: “First you have to convince the citizenry, then get the elected officials to move.”

Funny, I thought it was the other way around.