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Postmaster: Send address change to News India Times, 1655 Oak Tree Toad, Suite 155 Edison, NJ 08820-2843 Annual Subscription: United States: $28 Disclaimer: Parikh Worldwide Media assumes no liability for claims/ assumptions made in advertisements and advertorials. – that’s all you need to know Opinion News India Times November 26, 2021 3 Republicans Are BecomingMore Diverse. That’s AGreat Thing P olitical observers have spent considerable energy discussing the many legislative seats that Repub- licans flipped in the Virginia and New Jersey elections this month. But few have remarked that women and minori- ties led the charge, continuing the recent trend toward a more diverse GOP. Women or racial minorities won 10 of the 15 state legislative seats Republicans captured from Democrats in November. The winning candidates run the gamut of life experiences. New Jersey’s Marilyn Pipierno, a fitness coach who won a seat in New Jersey’s 11th Assembly district, is typical of the new crowd. She and fellow Republican Kimberly Eulner beat two Democratic incumbents in a suburban Monmouth County seat that President Biden had carried by nearly 12 points just the year before. In all, seven of those 10 victors flipped seats that Biden had car- ried by at least seven points. A.C. Cordoza is perhaps the most interesting new Republican. Cordoza, who is Black, was a Democrat who backed President Barack Obama’s campaign only to find his “core values” aligned more with Republicans. As vice chair of the Repub- lican Party in Hampton, Va., Cordoza ran on a typical GOP platform, but with a twist: He does not have a four-year college degree, and he pledged to work to improve options for “career and technical educa- tion in our public schools.” He challenged incumbent Democrat Martha Mugler, a longtime fixture in local politics, and defeated her even though she spent more than 12 times as much. This development continues a trend that started last year. In 2020, every con- gressional seat that flipped from blue to red was captured by a woman or a minor- ity. Republican women and minorities won open primaries in safely red congres- sional seats, too. Nor is this progress limited to Congress. Three Republican governors are women, and Republican women hold significant leadership positions in 21 states. These trends are likely to accelerate in 2022. House Minority Leader Kevin Mc- Carthy, R-Calif., recently announced the first list of candidates in the party’s “Young Guns” program, which grooms potential challengers in open or Democratic-held seats. Twelve of the 24 targeted seats have at least one woman or minority candidate running. All three Republican female in- cumbent governors are running for reelec- tion, and Republican women or minorities are leading gubernatorial candidates in key states such as Arizona, Michigan and By Henry Olsen ClimateMigration Is Here. The U.S. Must Invest Accordingly T his week, parts of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia found themselves underwater after an “atmospheric river” dumped inches of rain within hours, caused power outages and devastating floods, and forced the evacuations of thousands. It was hard to look at pictures from the region and not imagine people thinking: Maybe we should leave for good. At the same time, President Joe Biden - home from COP26, the United Nations climate summit - claimed victory with the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which prom- ises more than $1 trillion in funding for renewing transportation and utilities, and enhancing broadband Internet access. But as weather events like that in the Pacific Northwest show, the president’s Build Back Better agenda is already deeply at risk from climate change. So it’s crucial, as the United States deploys tremendous new spending to rehabilitate infrastruc- ture, that its leaders think much harder about where the funds are spent to avoid throwing good money after bad. Six of the United States’ wealthiest cities - Boston, NewYork, Miami, Hous- ton, Los Angeles and San Francisco - are heavily exposed to climate change. Frequent storms, rising sea levels, forest fires and droughts will plague these great cities more and more. Their budgets will be strained by the billions to be spent on adapting infrastructure and moving people farther inland. For now, they can afford to. Other cities can’t. Climate models make clear, for instance, that New Orleans is go- ing the way of Venice. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of miles of power lines and caused $161 billion in damage in Louisiana and Mississippi. Last year, Hurricane Laura brought Category 4 winds and destroyed nearly 2,000 trans- mission structures. Residents need their electricity. But spending billions to reinforce or rebuild power lines isn’t a good investment when they’re sure to be destroyed again. Not every place stricken by natural di- saster should be abandoned. Where popu- lations continue to grow, or where there is Indigenous will and investment to rebuild, there is hope for recovery. That is not the case for places such as New Orleans, where populations are declining and no new job opportunities are emerging. The country must realistically assess which geographies are becoming unliv- able and which are well suited to larger population settlement. It should then of- fer incentives for migration toward the lat- ter and away from the former - and direct infrastructure spending accordingly. Climate models tell us that states such as South Dakota, Missouri and Pennsylva- nia are becoming more livable over time and ought to gain in population. It makes sense to spend more on roads and renew- able energy in those states and others with a similarly stable climate outlook. Cities such as Atlanta, Dallas and Char- lotte are already gaining climate migrants from elsewhere in the South. Millennials and Gen Z-ers have been snapping up houses in New Hampshire and Idaho, and fueling the buzzing tech scenes in Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. They’ve poured into so-called 18-hour cities such as Denver and Nashville that have lively after-work cultures in their downtowns. A coalition of agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers, is pushing an agenda of “large- scale migration or relocation.” The many distressed communities that qualify for the government’s Opportunity Zones, which are eligible for tax-free investment, should be filtered for climate resilience. This would create new jobs in places that need them. Property developers should lure dis- placed Americans to gentrify the Rust Belt along the Great Lakes. The people of New Orleans should be given one-way tickets to Detroit, where they can contribute to the city’s nascent postindustrial revival. A sensible plan to promote migration to climate oases could also ameliorate some of our bitter immigration and trade debates. The country could import workers with the skills it needs and issue them “place- based” visas, directing them to areas with labor shortages. It could encourage the building of more eco-friendly, multifam- ily and multigenerational homes, which would hog less space than single-family plots. With more relatives under one roof, there would be greater freedom for work- ing parents and less need for imported labor - which, granted, would mean a cultural shift for many Americans, though one whose appeal might have become clearer during the covid-19 pandemic. Land not eaten up by sprawling cities and suburbs could be repurposed for agriculture and industry, as well as to fortify the country’s irrigation, energy and transportation networks to achieve greater self-sufficiency. Mammals are wired with a fight- or-flight instinct, and the residents of devastated coastal areas should heed that instinct’s call to move to safer ground. It would be far wiser to encourage the next great migration than the next climate disaster. This is the way - and the where - to build back better. Parag Khanna is the founder of FutureMap and author of “Move: The Forces Uproot- ing Us.” -Special To TheWashington Post By Parag Khanna - Continued On Page 10