Obdurate ignorance in the NC legislature egged on by property developer driven group called NC-20 and "citizen" scientist John Droz have lead essentially to the collapse of the science panel that advises the coastal commission.
The situation is urgent as one of the current science panel members put it
Panel member Riggs noted that the better parts of six coastal counties today sit only 1 foot above sea level. In his opinion, it's not the slow, steady rise of the ocean but coastal storms that present the most urgent threat.
"The land along the shoreline along those areas is just being ripped out at 100 feet a storm," Riggs said. "The tipping point in my opinion is not 100 years from now at 2100, it's right now."and town officials like Nags Head Town Manager Cliff Ogburn, need guidance, someone to tell them what to plan for
"Pick the number. ... We're just waiting for somebody to decide an accurate projection," he added. "I wish people 40 years ago would have imagined that we'd have houses falling into the ocean."Which is interesting because the lege also asked the science panel to put together a report by next March. Science panel members are caught between a sense of duty and the knowledge that the commission and the legislature are shopping for the answers they want. The people going to pick the number are not exactly playing with a full deck, or more accurately they want more jokers.
"We need to hear not just one side of the facts, we need all of the facts," Baldwin (Commission Chair -ER) added. "One of the things we'll hopefully be able to do is get people with the minority opinion on there."
Before an August 2013 CRC meeting intended to fill the empty panel seats was canceled, Baldwin had nominated four men who seemed to fit this description.about the only thing that might save the situation are the fleeing insurers or the USGS laying down the truth.
One was Nicola Scafetta of Duke University, who has argued that most climate warming since the 1970s can be accounted for by natural cycles in the solar system. Another was David Burton, NC-20's own science adviser, who largely rejects the panel's previous conclusions, denying that a warming planet will bring about accelerated sea-level rise.