I was thinking of people building in a hundred year flood plain. That should be an extraordinary event but building there should take a precaution in the event of a hundred year flood.<quoted text>
Only one bite at the apple would be better.
But floods do not have any definite correlation with climate change, let alone man-made climate change.
Example - Scranton, PA was prone to flooding so they built levees on the Susquehanna river. Not long after, Hurricane Agnes parked itself over the city and dumped tons of rain beyond all expectations and overwhelmed the levees built. Another government failure because they didn't account for an extraordinary event like a hurricane parking itself over NE PA?
Whether climate change is man made or not, there looks to be a shift in the climate. This is not new in the history of the Earth.
Now we have a choice - try to predict what will happen and prepare for it at a cost or ignore the warnings and cry "all is well this quarter!"
A crude analogy might be you are standing on railroad tracks.
The lights go on.
"False alarm". you might say.
The gates start coming down.
"Bogus. The gate maintenance workers are just trying to protect their government jobs."
Train runs you down.
"Uncle Sam! Help me!"
And Uncle Sam replies "Sorry. We need to keep the trains running for those not standing on the tracks."
And if you think the researchers are living high off the government teats, consider how much money is available as a whole vs. CEO bonuses.
The person trying to find a cure for a cancer over a decade is so less important than a CEO spinning PR to maintain the stock price this quarter.