Today’s New York Times Magazine focuses on climate change and it’s potential impact on coastal communities. We now have a president who calls climate change a hoax. I’m seriously concerned that government in general is largely in denial about the very real consequences that we will soon be facing. I live in Back Bay and recently began to consider selling my home and moving out of the area. What is Beacon Hill doing to address this or are they still just kicking the can down the road?
Response from Will
Actually, we’ve done a lot and I’m personally focused on it.
There is a good group of professionals about one or two levels down in most of the major infrastructure agencies in the region who talk regularly and have been building out a set of models to fully understand the vulnerabilities.
A couple of years ago I put money in the budget to develop an assessment of exactly what the models really say about Back Bay — there has been a lot of confusion about what we should expect. While the study has been delayed, I’ve been promised results in June.
Once we have a realistic assessment, we can go to work on building a plan of action — I’m very committed to following through on that over the coming months and years.