You might remember Mitt Romney's famously callous climate joke, the one he made during his acceptance speech at the RNC. He mocked Barack Obama's pledge to fight climate change and got his biggest laugh line of the night. I won't try to heal the planet or keep oceans from rising, he said, I want to help your family. Sandy made it beyond clear that the two objectives are anything but mutually exclusive; that slowing the oceans' rise will help millions of families.
Climate change didn't cause Sandy. But our fossil fuel-spewing habits gave her more strength, and they're leading to warmer oceans and higher sea levels—increasing the chances we'll see more of her kind. That's nothing to laugh about, really.