Maybe when the bottom drops out of the real estate market there, the state will cease to be in denial. Maybe some who lose their homes will wish that other choices had been made.
But meanwhile, as we struggle to return to normal after the worst of Covid, we seem more vigorously to return to “normal” in international policies. For a few months it seemed that paralleling U.S. commitments to be the undisputed No. 1, there was also an interest in working with China to respond to global crises. There was a spark of hope for those of us who think that without cooperation between the world’s two greatest powers and two greatest polluters, the melting of glaciers and the intensity of storms will speed up, along with many other threatening changes. The Living Earth Movement came into being to fan the spark.
For a moment, it seemed, Biden listened. There is a committee representing the two governments, charged with coming up with proposals.