- Allow petroleum refineries to be built on the sites of the military bases closed by the BRAC commission.
- Relocate all hurricane refugees to the abandoned housing around these bases, and give them jobs at the new refineries (or in other support businesses).
- lower long-term energy costs,
- not having to pay for massive infrastructure repairs in the parts of our country adjacent to the ocean and below sea level, and
- not having to subsidize anyone living in those ultimately untenable locations.
(I found this related set of posts just after I wrote this)
update 1: looks like several other people are discussing these topics...
update 2: porkopolis asks the question (in comments here), "How many of the displaced actually have the skill set needed to work in a refinery?"
You're right, it's not an complete solution. They wouldn't all have the exact skills, but there's likely a higher proportion of those workers with some experience in the petroleum business than in many other places. Plus, a large enough proportion of displaced workers would have related skills - such as general construction, repair, plumbing, even truck driving - that reeducation should not be too difficult.