NC Coastal Resources Commission

The dumbing-down of NC's coastal management

When science gets in the way of out-of-control developers, science loses:

That study and future appointments to the panel have Stan Riggs, a panel member and geologist with East Carolina University, more than a little concerned about future protection of the coastal environment. Riggs questions if the panel will be able to finish its work.

“Actually, it’s unclear if we’re going to be allowed to talk about that anymore. There’s a new CRC, and they are desperately trying to eliminate what the science panel is doing,” Riggs said before the meeting was postponed Tuesday. “They’ve thrown us totally under the train. I don’t think anybody has a clue as to what is going to happen. Well, somebody may have a clue, but the scientists attending that meeting do not have clue. The future, I think, is very uncertain.”

Yes, it's another example of the anti-intellectualism coursing through the veins of the Republican Party. Science is merely another art form to them, to be critiqued like a one-dimensional representation hanging on a wall, while they stand ten feet away with their arms crossed in doubt and disdain. But also coursing through their veins is the toxic influence of money:

"Conflict of interest? What does that mean?"

And if they understood what the word "ethics" means, they'd probably disband that Commission, too:

"This is a power grab by a small handful of economic interests that profit off of the use of our environment," said Todd Miller, executive director of the N.C. Coastal Federation. "It puts the foxes completely in charge of the hen house."

You've got to understand, in the twisted mind of a Republican, the people who are positioned to profit the most from a board or commission seat are exactly the ones who need to be there. What's in the best interests of the public doesn't even register, because one person making an assload of money will (magically) improve the lives of everybody else. And as far as institutional knowledge:

Weak arguments for terminal groins

Once again, science is ignored by developers:

Worried about erosion at the volatile ends of their beach towns, some coastal officials have championed the groins as a way of controlling erosion. They also call relocating threatened properties and "abandoning" the valuable real estate to Mother Nature impractical and naive considering the economic and political realities on the ground.

Believing you can thumb your nose at Mother Nature is impractical and naive. Unfortunately, it will be somebody else who pays for that behavior, not the one engaging in it.

Commission fails to provide guidance on terminal groins

Clearing the way for the Legislature to screw up our coast even more:

Some members of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission say they weren't trying to undermine a 25-year-old policy of banning coastal seawalls and jetties Thursday when they declined to support a proposal to keep the ban.

But undermining the ban is likely the impression that many legislators will get after the commission voted 8-5 to send a muddled message to Raleigh.

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