Make Manhattan Bigger

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Mayor de Blasio made an eye-popping proposal last week, suggesting, among other measures, the creation of new land along a mile-long stretch of lower Manhattan in order to protect the financial district from a major storm surge. The proposal is radical and costly, and it would require extensive federal cooperation, but its focus on sustainability and resilience is preferable to the mayor’s unworkable earlier plans to fight climate change.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Land: The island of Manhattan has been reshaped and expanded through land reclamation for centuries. Read more.

  2. Change: Projections of climate-driven economic doom don’t account for societal adaptation to changing conditions. Read more.

  3. Carbon: The city and state’s purported rush to eliminate carbon emissions would amount to economic suicide. Read more.

“While climate change is irreversible compared to the typical policy problem, it does allow for some potential interventions even once well underway.”

Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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