MSNBC Guest: Officials Must Recognize ‘Climate Change Will Start Bringing More Intense Rainfall’
COLLIER: "Yeah. According to a lot of the scientists we talked to, every scientist we talk to, experts and some public officials, a lot of this devastation could have been prevented if Houston officials over the decades had been willing to have a smarter development policy, leave some green space, instead of paving it over with concrete. And having all of this impervious cover just means that people get flooded out as the water drains off to whatever natural kind of form of creek or bayou and eventually drains out to the gulf of Mexico. So -- but local officials that we talked to said, you know, the argument by scientists that, you know, this prairie land would absorb a bunch of rain water is, you know, ludicrous, it's absurd. And we can essentially fight concrete with concrete. We can through these massive public works projects that mitigate flooding, you know, retention ponds, widening the bayou system. That kind of thing. And, you know, some of that might be needed. But scientists are saying what's really needed is smarter development policies, and for public officials to start thinking about climate change, and how climate change will start bringing more intense and frequent rainfall. And a lot of them are not doing that at this point, even though a bunch of other major cities are."