The coast is no longer where it’s at, if for no other reason than the potential for mega-disaster. Says Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, “as long as we continue to develop the coastline like we are, we’re setting up for disaster.”

He might as well be whispering into a gale-force wind for all the good it’ll do. We seem determined to screw ourselves over, on this and many other counts. But good for him for speaking up.