Climate change looms over waterfront real estate

Flood insurance for more buildings, elevating homes onto pilings, building a sea wall around Boston? What are we thinking? “Heads in the sand?” is the right headline for Jon Gorey’s April 16 warning about sea level rise, ocean-front real estate, and the possibility of widespread flooding in Boston (Address, April 16). One option is to keep our heads in the sand and try to fend off catastrophe. A better choice would be for Massachusetts to step up and do its part to really deal with climate change.

Let’s pass a carbon tax, require utilities to buy more renewables, put a definitive end to efforts to have consumers pay for new gas pipelines, and get rid of the barriers to faster adoption of solar energy. Some of our legislators, especially those listening to utility companies’ arguments, should get their heads out of the sand.

Larry Rosenberg