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The Resource The geography of risk : epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts, Gilbert M. Gaul

The geography of risk : epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts, Gilbert M. Gaul

Label
The geography of risk : epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts
Title
The geography of risk
Title remainder
epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts
Statement of responsibility
Gilbert M. Gaul
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The costliest hurricanes in U.S. history have all occurred in the past two decades--but who bears the financial brunt of these monster storms? It is no accident that five of the most destructive hurricanes in the last hundred years have made landfall since 2005: Katrina ($161 billion), Ike ($40 billion), Sandy ($71 billion), Harvey ($125 billion), and Maria ($90 billion). And with more property than ever in harm's way, the seas rising, and the planet and its oceans warming dangerously, it won't be long before we see a $250 billion storm. Why? Because Americans have built $3 trillion worth of property in some of the riskiest places on earth: barrier islands and coastal floodplains prone to hurricanes and epic floods. And they have been encouraged to do so by what Gilbert M. Gaul reveals in The Geography of Risk to be a confounding array of federal subsidies, tax breaks, low-interest loans, disaster recovery grants, and government flood insurance programs that shift risk at the beach from private investors to public taxpayers, radically distorting common notions of risk and responsibility. Consider: In 1955, taxpayers covered just 5 percent of the cost of rebuilding after hurricanes. They now pay for 70 percent--sometimes more. These federal incentives, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gaul argues, have resulted in one of the worst planning failures in American history, with the cost to taxpayers now reaching unsustainable levels. In prose that is at once deeply informed, clear, and entertaining, Gaul explores the history of the modern coast and how, over time, federal taxpayers far from the shoreline have become responsible for a shocking collection of coastal amenities and infrastructure: new roads, bridges, utilities, and streetlights; tennis courts, marinas, and gazebos; food, cars--even paying billions to widen the beaches of hedge fund owners. The Geography of Risk will forever change the way you think about the coasts, from the clash between economic interests and nature to the heated politics of regulators and developers. -- Dust jacket flap
Cataloging source
DLC
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Gaul, Gilbert M
Dewey number
363.34/922
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC945
LC item number
.G28 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hurricanes
  • Hurricane damage
  • Coastal zone management
  • Coastal settlements
  • Coast changes
  • Sea level
  • Shore protection
Label
The geography of risk : epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts, Gilbert M. Gaul
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-271) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Old Man and the Sea -- Part I: Building the modern coast -- Troubled waters -- 1. The deal of the century -- 2. Blue-collar houses -- 3. Manufacturing dirt -- 4. Five-high : the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 -- Part II: The political economy of water -- 5. The Bantam mayor -- 6. A brief shining moment -- 7. The revolt at St. Francis -- 8. Tipping point -- Part III: Disaster capitalism : catastrophies, subsidies, and bailouts -- Acts of God and man -- 9. Federalizing disasters -- 10. A flood of trouble -- 11. The secret history of sand -- 12. The unluckiest island in America -- Part IV: The coming storm : fat tails, rising water, and the nature of risk -- 13. Building a better hurricane -- 14. A finger in the dike -- 15. Drowning fast and slow -- 16. The problem with the bays -- Epilogue: The future is now
Control code
on1082542432
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
286 pages
Isbn
9780374160807
Lccn
2019011314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1082542432
Label
The geography of risk : epic storms, rising seas, and the costs of America's coasts, Gilbert M. Gaul
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-271) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Old Man and the Sea -- Part I: Building the modern coast -- Troubled waters -- 1. The deal of the century -- 2. Blue-collar houses -- 3. Manufacturing dirt -- 4. Five-high : the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 -- Part II: The political economy of water -- 5. The Bantam mayor -- 6. A brief shining moment -- 7. The revolt at St. Francis -- 8. Tipping point -- Part III: Disaster capitalism : catastrophies, subsidies, and bailouts -- Acts of God and man -- 9. Federalizing disasters -- 10. A flood of trouble -- 11. The secret history of sand -- 12. The unluckiest island in America -- Part IV: The coming storm : fat tails, rising water, and the nature of risk -- 13. Building a better hurricane -- 14. A finger in the dike -- 15. Drowning fast and slow -- 16. The problem with the bays -- Epilogue: The future is now
Control code
on1082542432
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
286 pages
Isbn
9780374160807
Lccn
2019011314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1082542432

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