posted on June 19, 2012 17:26
Sometime awhile back the State appointed a Commission of Scientists who set to work to figure out how much the seas are rising and last week the commission announced its conclusion: Science proves the Atlantic Ocean is going to rise exactly 39 inches (over the next century) and if the folks in Morehead City and Wilmington know what’s good for them they’ll get busy and pass new zoning laws to require building new homes on high land.
Well, naturally, that set off an uproar among the folks who make their living building (and selling) beachfront homes – they promptly denounced the scientists then sent to Raleigh for help so next the politicians got into the act, promptly passing a bill that said the scientists were all wet writing in stone (or at least in state law) that no commission anywhere in North Carolina could ever again say the sea will rise 39 inches.
But the basic question seems even simpler: Why on earth do we have state appointed scientists and state paid politicians arguing over the sea’s rising? Wouldn’t it just be simpler, if some fool wants to build a million dollar home on a low lying beach, to not just let him do it and take his chances?