Skip to comments.Insurer's Message: Prepare for Climate Change or Get Sued
Posted on 06/06/2014 3:15:06 PM PDT by Libloather
To insurance companies, theres no doubt that climate change is here: They are beginning to file lawsuits against small towns and cities who they say havent prepared for the floods and storms that will cost the companies billions in payments.
Earlier this week, the U.S. arm of a major global insurance company backed away from an unprecedented lawsuit against Chicago and its suburbs for failing to prepare for heavy rains and associated flooding it claimed were fueled by global warming. While legal experts said the case was a longshot, its withdrawal didn't alter the message it contained for governments: prepare now for climate change or pay the price.
After several days of ground-saturating rain last April, an early-morning train of intense storm cells passed over the greater Chicago area and overwhelmed the region's stormwater and sewage systems. Water gushed out of sewer inlets and backed up into basements.
"There was just nowhere for this water to go," Marilyn Sucoe, the stormwater administrator for the Village of Lisle, a ring suburb west of Chicago that was affected by the flooding, told NBC News.
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Hose down the first EPA employee you see.
Move to higher land with a better gradient.
Like all scams, just follow the money.
Farmers Insurance. Dum de-dum dum, dum dum dum. Another corporation for the list.
Kind of hard to win a case when there is no actual evidence. “Fear” of global warming is not enough.
Some old hippie chick told me across and parts store counter that I
shouldn't ask for plastic bags for my parts. She was fired for her greenie propaganda.
Unlike most modern cities, Chicago's storm water and sanitary sewer systems are not separate. So, when storms overwhelm the sewer system, it backs up into houses.
There have been various fixes proposed for years. A relatively simple one that limits the flow of storm water into the sewer was rejected, because the unions would rather spend more money building giant sewer tunnels.
I didn't realize it was them -- I generally avoid giving the knee-pad media like NBC News the web traffic (although with Ad Block, they don't get any revenue anyway).
I dropped Farmer's a few years ago, after being with them for over three decades. They raised my homeowner rates nearly 50%, despite one claim that entire time, over a decade ago.
The article does say that Farmer's withdrew the suit, saying they just wanted to "raise awareness".
I’m surprised the insurance companies aren’t suing God but it sounds like The next gen lib stategy for not paying your insurance claims. I say stop buying from those companies.
Doesn’t globull warming mean that it will get hotter?
Shouldn’t we be then preparing for droughts instead of floods?
In my neck of the woods, the cause for flooding is because the creeks have not been cleaned and have become shallow because of all the mudslides. Twenty years ago the water was at least 6 feet deep. Now one is lucky if one can get their ankles wet in certain areas.
I dare the feral government to let this happen.
The unintended consequences would be revolutionary... literally.
If you have a car accident just say it was global warming or climate change that caused it and you’re safe.
How’sabout a little fascism scarecrow.
Floods and storms are caused by weather, not climate. Weather has always caused problems.
Typical scumbag attorney attempt to avoid a claim.
If I understand this right,an insurance company could refuse a claim by blaming the incident on anthropogenic climate change. Will they explain this beforehand & define the terms before selling a policy? I’d want to know how they would determine(BEFORE buying the policy)whether the incident leading to the claim was a natural disaster or man-caused. If they don’t want to pay any claims,they should at least be up front about it.....right?