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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The A’s want to build their ballpark and mall village on low-lying land west of Interstate 880, less than half a mile from a tidal channel. With ocean levels expected to rise as the globe heats up, the high tides that churn up that channel could turn the A’s ballpark into prime waterfront property—or into soup.
“You are talking about a meter rise of the sea level by the end of the century (around the bay),’’ said Will Travis, executive director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which helps regulate shoreline construction.
But of course,
The A’s seem unfazed by the warming warning, saying they wouldn’t be proceeding with planning for a Fremont ballpark if they thought water was a worry.
Besides, said team spokesman Jim Young, “a century is a long way off, and I won’t be available for comment in a hundred years when it becomes a problem.’‘
100 years ago, Babe Ruth was already 12, the American League had existed for six years, and the Cubs had won their last World Series. Time goes by faster than people think.
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