In a report that anyone who's not brain-dead could have predicted, it appears that large swaths of the North Carolina coastline would be underwater if the sea-level rises by as little as two feet over the next century.
The report says if the sea level rises 3 feet during this century, some barrier islands will break apart. The report says the Outer Banks are especially vulnerable. Carteret County shore protection officer Greg Rudolph says people accept that the sea level is rising. But Rudolph says planning for something over decades is hard. He says people tend to focus on issues over the typical four-year election cycle.
That would be especially true if North Carolina's leader of the current four-year cycle had been Duke Energy apologist, Pat McCrory. I hope Governor Perdue takes this challenge seriously and leads the charge on efforts to mitigate the impacts of global warming. As the free-market extremists point out, no single state can make the difference that needs to be made. But instead of adopting their alternative (invest in real estate in northern Canada or Siberia), I'd rather see a full-court press to engage a broad coalition of governments at all levels. Obama put this issue on the table with his first speech as president. Governor Perdue should let him know she's prepared to be one of his field generals at the state level.