In my view, the window of opportunity for dealing with some of the long-range issues connected with sea level rise and climate change was wide open for about 6 weeks after Hurricane Sandy occurred. As is often the case, the focus of the news media shifts quickly, this time to the terribly sad shootings in Newtown, CT. No mention of H. Sandy victims lately in the media or on the political struggle to obtain Congressional funding for recovery.
In an editorial in the NY Times today, they note:
But with the election over, outside events have now presented Mr. Obama with a series of decisions. Vote counts might suggest that he is still a long way from passing significant legislation on climate change, immigration and gun control. But Hurricane Sandy, last month’s Latino turnout for Democrats and now the Newtown shootings have also given him openings to make new arguments.
Once the glare of the spotlight is off, perhaps some progress will be made. But now other matters also want space in the window.