We’ve had Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy as devastating evidence of our history of underestimating the fury of nature.  While the past is certainly no measure of the unprecedented future;  that leaves us somewhere between building sea walls or continuing to deny reality, bringing us to a new alternative.

TransCanada is the Canadian company  that engineered the controversial Keystone pipeline to traverse six U.S. states. carrying one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil.






If constructed, that pipeline would have extended from Alberta to Texas.  So if we can safely build a pipeline to avoid the risk of devastating ecosystems, polluting water sources and jeopardizing public health, so then my proposal to build a seawater pipeline from the West Coast to the marginal use lands of the Mojave, Sonora and Chihuahua Deserts of the Southwestern United States, that would only spills seawater if leaked, would certainly be a lot safer.  Why do we want to deliver seawater to the desert?   Certainly dumping the rising seas caused by melting glaciers alone would not spare our coastal cities from the wrath of global warming.  However, let’s include the rapid escalation of a multitude of new sustainable technologies.  In addition, not simply dumping sea water, but converting it to Hydrogen gas used in fuel cells ultimately resulting in fresh water as a bi-product.  Fresh water and energy delivered to marginal use land is the sweat equity necessary for the conversion to industrial, agricultural, residential and commercial real estate.  The American Dream.

In the 2014 February issue of Scientific American, Evan Lehmann of Climate Wire suggests that building sea walls comparable to the massive infrastructure that protects New Orleans would cost far less than the cost of losing trillions in coastal real estate.  I mention this for several reasons.  Absurdly, there’s no mention of the impact that a sea wall would have on the devaluation of coastal real estate. 

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Will wealthy real estate investors be willing to spend millions on a Malibu Beach House or Seattle Harbor Property to have a magnificent view of the sun setting behind the sea wall?