Is Now The Time To Prepare For A Rising Sea?
|The Brunswick News, Ga.|
The executive director of the
He is at a lost to understand why the issue continues to generate so many sparks between people who want to respond to scientific findings with meaningful actions and those who question the validity of what they fear could lead to more government regulation.
Parshley is especially concerned when legitimate discussions of rising sea levels become garbled when associated with the term "global warming."
"All people need to do is look around," Parshley said. "I don't have a crystal ball, so I don't try to predict the future. I go with what we're seeing, and what we're seeing is more flooding on
Scientists with the
Even the acclaimed
"People just need to be more observant," Parshley said, puzzled by nonbelievers. "Look at the marshes and look at how your flood insurance is going up. Put the pieces together, folks.
"I just go with what I see, and what I see is we need to be making plans for our infrastructure."
The rising sea level is predicted to be the result of the melting of the polar ice caps, which is a result of those two politically flammable words: global warming.
"It's so embroiled with political hyperbole, so intermingled with other issues, and with people protecting their turf, that the message is not clear," Parshley said. "It's just so wrapped up in special interests. The politics of it all has obscured any meaningful discussion."
There have been some takers of offers of help from the
To the south, in
Experts from the institute and
While the seminar will address concerns specific to
"Given the astronomical costs associated with weather-related events -- such as Superstorm Sandy -- climate change and sea level rise can no longer be viewed in environmental terms alone, and must be seen as major factors that could cripple our economy, both locally and federally," Kearns said.
One of the speakers will be
Kline said elected officials and residents she has met are taking the issue seriously. In
"We're not waiting for the Feds to tell us what to do," she said. "I think we have a good idea where sea levels will be."
The seminars make recommendations on where and how coastal communities should build schools, parks, government buildings, infrastructure and residential communities.
"Our approach is to continue education and outreach," Kline said. "It's just getting the public to understand what the science is."
Other areas of the Georgia coast have been quiet.
"It sounds like something that would be of interest, because of where we're (situated)," she said.
"I understand that sea levels are indeed slowly inching up," Thompson said. "I believe that this is something we need additional information on now, so that if it continues, as some anticipate over the next several decades, we can have reasonable plans in place to appropriately address the rise in sea levels."
And continue it will. That warning resurfaced
The president, after being sworn in for a second term, said it is time the nation began seriously addressing "global warming" in earnest. Finding new forms of energy would be a step in that direction, he said.
Finding alternative energy sources is a battle cry that has wide support among faithful Democrats like Mike Berion, chairman of the
"In addition to cleaner water and air for future generations, it would also produce cheaper energy and create jobs," Berion said.
Some Republicans don't see eye-to-eye with that.
"It is crucial that the
"I have concerns with any legislation that might increase electricity costs on Americans, send more American jobs overseas, or put our economy at a distinct disadvantage at a time when we can least afford it."
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