Everyone who lives in or near San Francisco is very aware of the threat of global warming. For example, if you talk to someone from Alameda, you realize that they definitely take the prospect of global warming and the rise of the sea seriously. Alameda, on average, sits only 4 feet above sea level, and any rise of the bay/sea is going to be catastrophic for this historic village positioned on two islands in the bay.
The City of San Francisco also has reason to be alarmed about the sea level. There are large portions of this city that were reclaimed from the bay. The founding fathers often used parts of abandoned ships, sand from the tops of hills, and whatever they had in order to fill in the marshes, the inlets, and small creaks near the bay to make more usable land. In the past, entrepeneurs paid very high prices for land that was actually covered by the bay. They then would cheaply fill it in and make large profits selling off prime bay front property. It’s amazing to look at the old maps and realize how much land was actually reclaimed and in use today. For example, Mission Bay used to be a rather large bay, but now it is just the size of a small creek surrounded by mid-rise apartments/condos, AT&T Park, and the newly developed campus of UCSF. As the sea level, and bay level, rise, these parts will once again be underwater unless something is done in the next 100 years.
At some point we have to take the blinders off our eyes and admit that global warming is real. Imagine, there are still people, often brainwashed by their preachers or politicians, who say they don’t believe in global warming. Is it really that hard to believe when we already see proof around the world of the effect of the polar ice caps melting? Only when we are able to face this problem head on will we be able to formulate long-term solutions and save the land through the use of levees and dykes. If they could do it in new Orleans they can do it in San Francisco, but now is the time for action. Ignorance at times may be bliss, but in this instance it is short-sighted, ludicrous, and dangerous.