In their voluminous history of civilization, much of which I read years ago while immobilized with a painful ankle, historians Will and Ariel Durant told us that although the 14th Century papacy believed that God was protectively on its side against all enemies, it couldn't hurt to move from Rome to a fortress in Avignon. Just in case.
There may be some of that going on in Florida today, where climate change experts are warning that it remains the most vulnerable state to rising sea levels. There are already rumors that Sen. Marco Rubio, a staunch climate-change denier, has quietly scouted the shoreline of Biscayne Bay for a possible haven for a Noah-inspired ark.
The Republican aspirant for the mix of White House seekers in 2016 is said to consider the ark as having more than a single purpose. The word on the street is that he will also confirm his interest in immigration reform by having a pair of non-documented Cubans chosen by lottery to board his boat.
It couldn't hurt.