Walter Shapiro is a staff writer at The New Republic. We discuss the possibility that the Democratic party will move the first in the nation presidential primary to another state, rather than New Hampshire. This will have a huge effect on New Hampshire. NH is predominantly white, a small state, and in general, many rich people live there. This means that it is not very representative of the country as a whole. On the other hand, it is an inexpensive state in which to run a campaign.
We talk with Risa Palm, past-president of the American Association of Geographers, and has written about the problem of rebuilding states that suffer huge losses after catastrophic climate events. The behavior of people when they are buying homes is that they do not consider the cost of future losses due to climate issues. These are also not considered by lenders. Policy must change in order to change behaviors to take climate dangers into account.