A Florida telephone repairman sweats global warming — 75 miles inland.
Even 75 miles (121 kilometers) from the Atlantic Ocean, Smith is bearing part of the cost of rising seas and stronger storms caused by global warming. That’s because U.S. taxpayers help insure against hurricane damage for nearly 5 million Americans, mostly in Florida (BEESFL), whose homes are less than four feet (1.2 meters) above normal high tides. The programs pit beachfront property owners against inland residents who subsidize their policies.
Sea level may rise eight inches in the next 18 years and 80 inches by 2100, Climate Central Inc., a nonprofit research and advocacy organization in Princeton, New Jersey, estimated in a report this month. Global warming doubles the odds of the most- disastrous flooding for two-thirds of 55 U.S. coastal locations studied and triples the chance in about half of those, the group said. The rise of the oceans also may produce stronger storms…