Washington Lawyer: "The Cost of Doing Nothing"

May 2, 2013

Washington Lawyer's cover story for May 2013, "The Cost of Doing Nothing," highlights the impact that climate change is already having in the U.S., and the important role that Hurricane Sandy is having on public perceptions about the issue.

Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, discussed the issue with reporter Sarah Kellogg and underscored the important steps forward that many states are taking to prepare for climate changes.

"We've seen an interest on the state level in adaptation and resilience, even in states that are not that progressive on climate policy," says Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University Law Center and a visiting professor of law. "Even if they're not at the forefront in terms of pushing clean energy or mitigating greenhouse gases, they are about adaptation planning."


"More and more, everyone is having to adapt in real time," Arroyo says.  "Some states are looking at the need to change their way of life.  They acknowledge that sea levels are rising even if state policies [are] not."

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