Also, billionaire land purchases probably have more to do with the human desire to dominate than with a doomsday scenario. E.g. If financial markets and land rights go down the tubes, I'm not sure what 200,000 acres in Montana is going to do.
2A. Mob bosses & gang leaders would be better positioned to take control from a supply chain perspective. They could offer safety and resources in exchange for power, loyalty and rents.
2B. As another commenter pointed out, a billionaire in the middle of a frozen financial system isn't much better off than an average joe. In a rapid destabilization scenario, wouldn't go to Montana...they would go to Hong Kong.
3. Ok, I need to get back to reality.
What good explanations are there for billionaires acquiring such vast acreages as personal property rather than for commercial exploitation purposes? Insofar as such strategies do represent an attempt to commandeer the lifeboats, to what extent are others bound to respect their rights therein?
The British monarchy maintains its existence through enormous land ownership as well as their financial investments.
Land prices basically can only go up over time as long as population does the same. And if you already have a few million in oil and a few million in high risk stocks you might as well put a few million into Montanan pastures.
Even if all permanent ice melted in the Arctic and on all mountain tops, seas would "only" raise by about 200 feet, if I remember correctly. That's certainly not enough to submerge Europe like that.
Some countries in Europe like Denmark and the Netherlands will not exist after a 200ft rise in sea level.
I think about every European capital is (way) below 200m of elevation, so are most of the major cities.
Looks like outside of Warsaw and Athens European capitals would become the shooting site for the bob sponge squarepants life action franchise if the sea levels rise by anywhere close to 200ft.
Water would seek the lowest point, even if you have natural barriers, with a groundwater table of that height would find a way in, in Miami you already have sea water coming out of the pavement because the water table has risen to above street level of many places.
This is effectively what already is happening in the Netherlands (nothing to do with global warming specifically since it's been the case since the ice age, but rising sea levels aren't making it any better) where the water table is higher than the elevation of many regions and you have to pump out the water back into the ocean constantly.
The real story here is, why are those billionaires buying all that land in isolated areas? Even YC's Sam Altman says he has an escape plan to some place in Big Sur.
Malone, the retired cable guy biggest landowner, is into ranching, so he's at least using the land in Colorado.
a large unknown force will blow the moon into seven chunks, and Neil de Grasse Tyson will lead us into space, Elon Musk will harness a comet and die of radiation exposure.
better bone up on my morse code.
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it was a typo, but referring to Africa as a country is sad.