The proposal to build a six-mile-long “sea wall” in New York, costing $119 billion and requiring 25 years for construction, is not feasible.

Scientists study the history of the Earth, analyze geological and atmospheric changes, and try to predict weather patterns. Even with current technology, we have seen that weather forecasts are often wrong. That is because predicting changes in nature is very difficult.

People must take reasonable measures to protect their lives and properties against natural calamities. The plan to make a wall with retractable gates at such sky-high cost is extremely unreasonable, especially given the fact that it would not protect against floods caused by high tides and storm runoff.

Scientists must come up with realistic safeguards against adverse natural events, rather than a plan to spend a quarter of a century to construct a barrier for $119 billion with no guarantee of its effectiveness.

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