Christopher Weyent, The Hill

A Lesson from Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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As the new session of Congress gets underway there are many pressing issues facing our country, ranging from creating jobs to improving education. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, however, new light is being shed on one issue of particular importance for the Central Coast: preparing for the numerous impacts of climate change. Sandy’s devastation is a scary foreshadowing of what could happen with increased frequency down the road if our communities and infrastructure are not prepared for extreme weather, sea-level rise, and higher temperatures.

The urgency of this problem was highlighted by the first draft of the 2013 National Climate Assessment released in January. This report lays out, in no uncertain terms, the realities of climate change and its widespread impacts on everything from our coastlines to drinking water systems to family farms.

Lois Capps
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Lois Capps

In a nutshell, we need to get prepared and we need to start now. That’s why it is so important that we work together – in a bipartisan manner – to address these challenges and help local communities implement comprehensive mitigation and adaptation strategies. Additionally, investing in mitigation efforts now will reduce the cost both in dollars and in lives of recovering from future storms and extreme weather.

Our nation’s coastlines are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, where rising sea levels, greater erosion, and higher tides and storm surges could impact everything from our transit systems to our drinking water. In our own backyard, the Lower Mission Creek flood control project was designed specifically to bolster flood protection.

Indeed, many communities will face similar challenges in the years ahead and must have the flexibility to respond in a manner that works best for them. Yet, given the high up-front cost and the broad public benefit of successful mitigation efforts, the federal government has an important role to play. This is why I have introduced the Coastal State Climate Change Planning Act, which would help coastal states get ready for future impacts of climate change. Whether it’s preparing for extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy, or gradual sea level rise and erosion, it’s imperative that our infrastructure can handle it.

Of course, widespread impacts of climate change will affect people and communities in every state, not just those right on the coast. In the decades ahead, severe droughts, melting snowpack, more frequent heavy rains, and rising sea levels will create significant water quality and quantity challenges for our nation’s water and wastewater systems. The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies estimate that adapting to these challenges will require an additional $1 trillion in investment through 2050.

To address that need, I have introduced the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, which would help local water agencies upgrade their water systems. For example, utilities could use the funding to rebuild or relocate water infrastructure, develop new water supplies, increase water efficiency, or study and identify future scenarios to prepare for.

Finally, these changing weather patterns will have a significant impact on agriculture and our economy. California is the most productive agricultural region in the world, contributing $39 billion per year to the economy and supporting over one million jobs. California also ranks first nationwide in exports for “specialty crops” such as tree nuts, fruits, and vegetables, and second in dairy production. Agriculture is a billion-dollar industry in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County alone and is a mainstay of the Central Coast economy and way of life.

But this bounty is threatened by potential climate-related impacts, including more limited water supplies, higher temperatures, changes in pollinator lifecycles, and increased prevalence of pests. These will pose tremendous challenges for our farmers on the Central Coast.

Recognizing this, California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross established a new consortium of growers, educators, and technical experts to study and make recommendations on adaptation strategies. As Congress renews consideration of the Farm Bill this year, I will renew my efforts to ensure that it includes measures to help our farm communities prepare for these climate-related changes.

While climate change presents us with huge challenges, it also provides unique opportunities. Improving our infrastructure will create jobs and grow our economy in the short term, but it will also make our communities safer and our entire economy stronger in the long term. These challenges are very real, but not insurmountable, and we can’t afford to ignore them any longer.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Thank you so much Lois! According to you climate change will ruin the earth but save the economy, and we will all be safer in the end through "no cost to us" public spending.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 12, 2013 at 5:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Finally, let's spend our money in the US instead of folly across the Middle East. Good luck trying to get taxes off those people, hmmm, I mean corporations. Letting the guilty run free (bankers, ex presidents and cabinets) sets dangerous president, I mean precident.

spacey (anonymous profile)
February 12, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey, as long as the federal gov. continues to borrow money from China and spend it, it's our congresswoman's job and duty to bring as much of the money into her district as possible.

I'm glad to see her be pro-active this way. It appears to have taken her a while to learn, but better late than never.

Georgy (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 4:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree, dem dar Red States get all the bucks and create most of the mess.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 5:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Kudos to Congresswoman Capps for taking a proactive position on a looming problem. Taking the steps necessary now will benefit all of us and our children in the future. We need to support these efforts.

sallyt (anonymous profile)
February 14, 2013 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)


It's "precedent". And, I feel that playing Spelling Police on this one is okay, since the joke hinges on the homophonics....

equus_posteriori (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

yea, we can have the U.S. government fund solar panels to save the planet...
While not good for the economy, I would support ACTUAL improvements to our infrastructure since Washington is going to spend our money anyway. And no KV, this is not a Red State vs Blue State issue. Obama used to publicly tell us that Bush was irresponsible for running up the debt, now Obama and Pelosi are telling us, literally, that we do not have a debt problem but instead a revenue problem...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 15, 2013 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

>> higher temperatures?

Historically, higher temperatures have been
the life blood of humanity.

500 yrs ago, you did not praise Jesus
because you were a religious nut case.

You did, it because you were grateful you could
grow food, eat and not starve to death.

When temperatures got colder people died.
A lot of people died.

We are very lucky today. If temperatures drop,
you are not going to die.

Santa Barbara, probably has the mildest weather
of any place on this grand planet we call Earth.

As a Santa Barbara resident, you have probably
never known anything worse than June gloom your whole life.

Oh the horror of it all.

Do you feel ashamed of you behavior?
Do you feel embarrassed?

nobody123 (anonymous profile)
February 16, 2013 at 4:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 17, 2013 at 4:18 a.m.

Let's cut the crap. The ice is melting in the polar regions according to all news outlets I've seen. Of course, maybe it's all part of an international media propaganda deal and additionally, perhaps Richard Nixon is a nude go-go dancer in Peoria, Illinois.

I'm not saying whether or not I agree with Capps, but the evidence of the issues she discusses appears to be overwhelming. Whether or not I support her politically, (I have never voted for her) does not mean I'm going to throw the baby out with the bathwater by disagreeing with her when she presents a logical case, as she has here.

How we deal with this issue should be the topic, rather than dismissing it.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 17, 2013 at 4:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yo Bill Clausen--- She'll get right on it as soon as she purges her office of Zionists.

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 17, 2013 at 5:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear Lois,

Don't resign.
Be overthrown.
Stay in office as a reformed-Zionist. Possibly a reformed zionist that was zioduped. It's their specialty.
One DC press conference and the Independent Investigation is on.
I'm your press secretary.
I answer questions for you.
Lois Capps has had enough!

PS Please check out my Facebook Page for more information. "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 17, 2013 at 8:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Disapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline will be the ultimate test for Obama regarding serious action on climate change. Read up folks. This scam being foisted upon us in the name of jobs and energy independence is a major hoax. Read up !

geeber (anonymous profile)
February 18, 2013 at 6:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Who needs jobs and energy independence when we can have Solyndra instead?

Blaming hurricane Sandy on man-made greenhouse gases is about as lamebrained as it gets. Global warming does exist but we don't need to blame it every time we have a storm. There were many nasty storms 100 and 200 years ago as well.

Botany (anonymous profile)
February 18, 2013 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)


Yes there were nasty storms 200 years ago. And that falls into the "if a tree falls in the forest" category of relevance to the issue. 200 years ago virtually no one lived in the areas affected by Sandy. Big storm, no deaths, no infrastructure damaged, no damage to an economy. Today millions of people would be impacted by a storm.

Tigershark (anonymous profile)
February 18, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree about stopping "KeyStone XL Pipeline". I also think we need challengers in the primaries so ALL of our incumbents (not Capps specifically per se) are forced to actually represent their districts and not just give lip service and take votes for granted because : (a) it's a "liberal" area (some of us would disagree on your definition of liberal) (b) not take votes for granted because of the "voting bloc" a person belongs to.
Now that the Republicans are self-immolating and will probably be at best an obscure punchline to a stale joke in a decade or so; it's the Democratic Party's turn to either s--t or get off the pot.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 18, 2013 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

But say what you will about Rep. Capps, at least she doesn't publicly declare hatred for people with different ideas.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 18, 2013 at 11:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Ken--would those other people with different ideas she doesn't declare hatred for be the wicked zionists that premeditatively murdered 3000 Americans in our faces and fooled us with ziomedia to believe Arabs did it so we would fight endless wars for Israel?
Many Americans are guilty of treason but Lois Capps is guilty of HIGH TREASON.
It's an offense punishable by death.
There's a real possibility that Lois and most of the rest of Congress will go before a formal military firing squad at Fort Leavenworth if they don't revolt and establish an Independent 9/11 investigation.
Our revolution could be glorious but it might not be.

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 19, 2013 at 9:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I got a call today that when I looked at the phone said it was coming from Washington D.C.!
Had Lois Capps finally decided to call me?
Had she stiffened her spine?
Had she found courage?
Had she confronted and conquered her fear?
Was she going to renounce her treason?
Was I being called to lead the purge of criminal controlling Zionists in her office?
Would I as her Press Secretary be the voice people heard when Lois ordered me to issue public challenge to the President to establish an independent, fully funded and fully empowered 9/11 investigation?

No, it was the Capitol Police asking me again if I was going to shoot Lois.
Almost unbelievable but I did learn that it wasn't Lois that ordered them to call but rather one of her criminal Zionist staff members.
I asked the Capitol Police to arrest Lois for treason but they referred me to another agency.

Justice is coming honeys. I'm arranging your arrests on the charge of treason.
I'm arranging the most embarassing moment of your lives.
Try to picture it--- a bunch of well-dressed, well-coifed ladies being herded in handcuffs to police cars with strobes and sirens, reporters and flashes, noisy shouted questions. You'll probably vomit a couple of times after they slap on the cuffs.
And that would be the last time you ever wore your own clothes or saw the sky until your executions in Kansas.

If you want to avoid the Ft. Leavenworth gallows, you need to call me.
You've committed high treason but there's still an opportunity to escape the death penalty if you assist the revolt.
It would be glorious of you to do this because it would be bloodless with minimum turbulence if conducted formally and civilly under your reformed concern.

You have committed "treason" that is a Federal offense punishable with death and if I ignored you I would be committing "misprison of treason" that is a Federal offense punishable with up to seven years in jail.
I'm not ignoring you.
I'm not going to jail again.
You are.
Unless you confess.
Confess and renounce your disgraceful complicity to zionist disinformation regarding the events of 9/11.
Help liberate the United States of America from the wicked zionist entity that has captured control!

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 5:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

When Lois Capps ignores the huge white elephant of 9/11 anomalies, absurdities and evidentiary crimes, she commits treason.

When Lois Capps purposefully ignores loud appeals for an imperative Independent, fully funded and fully empowered 9/11 investigation, she commits treason.

A growing preponderance of evidence indicates that 9/11 was the work of Zionists.
Lois Capps has Zionist affiliations and Zionists infiltrated into her staff.
Zionists are the enemy and Lois is providing aid and comfort to them by not investigating or exposing them.

Article III Section 3 of our U.S. Constitution delineates treason as follows:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."

If I were to go away and ignore the treason of Lois, I would be guilty of "misprison of treason," a federal offense, committed where someone who has knowledge of the commission of any treason against the United States, conceals such knowledge and does not inform the President, a federal judge or State Governor or State judge (18 U.S.C. § 2382). It is punishable by a fine and up to seven years in federal prison. It is also a crime punishable under the criminal laws of many states.

Not desiring a return to jail, I'm currently arranging with Federal Officers the arrest of Lois Capps on the charge of treason.
She should call me now to arrange a better scenario.

We can go around her to revolution but it would be better to go through her. I think revolution through Lois would have greater chances of being glorious rather than bloody.
Your move Lois; you still have to the end of the week.
What would you do if you weren't afraid?

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 3:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I just got off the phone with the FBI.
Unless Lois calls me, "glorious" is questionable.

My advice to all living in Santa Barbara County:

Eat the food in your freezers before buying new stuff.
Postpone any major medical procedures.
Prepare for a long camping trip.

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 1:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, and please remember, this isn't about overthrowing the U.S. Government.

This is about overthrowing the wicked foreign Zionist entity that has captured control of the U.S. Government.

I'm taking the United States of America back for its Citizens whether you help or not.

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 1:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I too have been harrassed by the U.S. government. I got a call from Obama PERSONALLY last night telling me to support his new budget plan.

My days of harrassment from the government go back to the days of the late Teddy Roosevelt, after I did a stint with his Rough Riders during the Spanish-American war. He had me arrested three times on espionage charges where I was denied contact with my family, kept in a cell with no electricity, and was verbally insulted every four hours. (Which I actually must confess, I enjoyed)

In 1967, I was detained at Alcatraz prison for "conduct unbecoming of an up-and-rising Rock star" for a period of three months, again a victim of a false charge brought against me by future Vice-president Spiro Agnew. (Who was later assassinated by being shot severely in the foot) During this time, I saw moonstruck men walking in front of my cell taunting me, while stinking mountains of fishheads were piled up the exercise yard. It was during this time that I started to work on my autobiography "Neurosis in the psychotic realm" which became a bestseller. It was also during this time that I filed successful paternity suits against Jack Nicholson, and future governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, both of which were settled out-of-court.

This period of imprisonment wasn't all bad though, as I was allowed to choose my diet and during this time I developed an affinity for Kraft dinners, and to this day I will never turn down Kraft dinner.

Others who were imprisoned during this time for "offences against the U.S. government" were, Tom Hayden, Sir Elderidge Cleaver, and four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. ( His older brother Bobby soon joined us! (

So here is proof of government harrassment of celebrities.

When I take over the government, I will also take over the railway system and found the new capitol in Arlen, Texas, where all people will be provided with free tickets for bullet trains for the fastest transportation possible in order to see me. My Vice-President will be Rusty Shackelford and all who visit me will be treated to fillet mignon steak with Kraft dinner regardless of race, color, or poltical affiliation, with a side-order of "moonbeam" chips.

dullfin (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Further government harrassment found here:

dullfin (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well Pelosi now has come out in favor of Social Security cuts, where does Rep. Capps stand on this?
Tell me the Dems and Repubs are different some more.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2013 at 6:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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