Lottery fund could mitigate the costs of climate change

The question is how are we going to pay for the huge cost of mitigating the effects of sea level rise and other forms of climate change? The enormous tax increases necessary will not be easily born by residents alone. It seems time to pass laws to create state and county lotteries to fund response efforts.

Though lottery proposals in Hawaii have failed in the past, lotteries may be the best way to raise fast cash for reconstruction projects to protect public utilities and other public infrastructure. This could include more water reservoirs, increasing diversified agriculture, and enhanced storage facilities to increase our food supply and essential materials should ports like Seattle, Oakland and Long Beach become affected and shipping to Hawaii disrupted for short or long periods.

Most states already have lotteries to fund various public initiatives. Or do we want to gamble on not having enough money and being unprepared?

Linda Lembeck

Kula

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