Can you really stop Mother Nature?

Ocean “consultants” think they can outmatch Mother Nature…

Ocean and coastal consultants study Pier A Park Hoboken NJ hudson riverWhen you’re down by the waterfront today (or any other time), you may notice some unusual activity going on. Ladders on the pier, scuba divers and even vessels from the Ocean and Coastline Consultants (OCC).

After Hurricane Sandy (as if that was the only hurricane to ever affect the U.S. Mainland), apparently this company believes they can increase the “resiliency” of the coastlines with some costly meddling of Mother Nature.

Part of the “Rebuild by Design” initiative, a whopping $60,000,000 of PUBLIC money (or more) has been “granted” for projects that will plan and construct something called a “necklace” of detached breakwaters in the area. They believe they can change the outcome of storm surges and the like, to protect those that live in risky shoreline areas.

But I’m suspecting that while their computer simulations and such may show what they programmed to show profoundly believe as a net positive change say another Sandy comes barreling our way – but do you really think they’ve covered all their bases? I mean oceanic energy is just that. It has to go somewhere. My feeling is that if they do manage to “mitigate” any impact in their area of work – it will only create devastation elsewhere. Or mess with the ecological balance in some way to create other unknown undesirable effects.

There is a cheaper way to work with Mother Nature

Bottom (water) Line: Perhaps instead of redirecting PUBLIC money to projects that, in the long run, have a good chance of failing (and are largely unproven) – why don’t people just cooperate with Mother Nature instead?

That involves a few basic principles:

  1. If you choose to live in an area with known risks – understand them fully. Don’t ask for bailouts or “help” because you voluntarily put yourself in harms way.
  2. Relocate to an area with fewer known risks.
  3. Life in general is “risky.” Earthquakes. Lightning. Freak gusts of wind. Moronic humans. Common sense as your foundation will get you a very long way.

It’s a much less costly approach to take rather than thinking we can outsmart this planet.

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