Will Climate Change Destroy Our Roads?
It seems the National Research Council is trying to recruit pistonheads to the global warming cause. What's the pitch? Climate change could be catastrophic to America's roads and highways. NPR reports that the NRC has identified 60,000 miles of highways, major airports, railroads, low-lying tunnels and ports which could be increasingly vulnerable to flooding and sea-level rise. Hotter summers could also buckle asphalt, stress bridge joints and deform railroad tracks. The NRC's warning comes on the heels of a federal study of 48 Gulf Coast counties, which are expected to experience sea level rise sooner than most of America. That study found that a four-foot rise in sea level would inundate 24 percent of interstates in the area and 28 percent of arterial roads. Oh well… by the time oceans rise four feet, "enthusiast cars" will likely be banned. And the best driving roads are in the mountains anyway.