NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio scolded President Trump for “climate denial” after he appeared to mock and reject the idea of a 6 mile long, $119 billion seawall proposed as a possibility by the Army Corps of Engineers that would take an estimated 25 years to build.
Trump tweeted “A massive 200 Billion Dollar Sea Wall, built around New York to protect it from rare storms, is a costly, foolish & environmentally unfriendly idea that, when needed, probably won’t work anyway. It will also look terrible. Sorry, you’ll just have to get your mops & buckets ready!”
NBC News reports the New York Times said the seawall proposal only addresses storm surges, not flooding from high tides and storm runoff.
The Army Corps estimates the six-mile-long seawall would cost $119 billion, not the $200 billion that Trump suggests. The Corps also estimates the wall’s construction could take 25 years.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to Trump, also in a tweet, calling the president’s “climate denial” deadly.
“We lost 44 of our neighbors in Hurricane Sandy. You should know, you lived here at the time,” the mayor tweeted.
“Mops and buckets”
We lost 44 of our neighbors in Hurricane Sandy. You should know, you lived here at the time.
Your climate denial isn’t just dangerous to those you’ve sworn to protect — it’s deadly. https://t.co/VUNPh8eMrD
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 19, 2020