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  •  Orin has been right on this for decades (2+ / 0-)
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    melvynny, Ohkwai

    He is a very good physical oceanographer and he has pointed out the fallacy of much of what we are doing to our coastlines since the '60s. This includes building on barrier islands, but also the futile and stupid ways engineers try to manage sand flow. Meanwhile, federally subsidized insurance has enabled the building of houses and condos on barrier islands where they do not belong, costing the taxpayers a lot of money and ruining precious natural habitat.  We pay more after every major storm.  When do we stop?  Barrier islands present a very difficult stabilization problem.  They are, by their very nature, ephemeral.  They move and rearrange themselves over time.  A map of the North Carolina outer banks from 200 years ago looks completely different from the current map and the Hatteras lighthouse has had to be moved in my lifetime to keep it from falling into the advancing sea.  Do we want to pay to build a floodwall from Mexico to Maine on sand that will be undermined with each coastal storm?  The ocean is already rising significantly north of Norfolk, Va. and that exacerbates these problems.  As painful as it might be, the quicker, we get houses away from these areas that are vulnerable to tidal surges, the better off we will be.

    I'm truly sorry Man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union--Robert Burns

    by Eric Blair on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:22:39 AM PST

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      Except so many people live in these areas--often in very expensive houses--and they have clout.  If plan A is the best plan--but doomed to be ignored--we must go to plan B.  Manhattan needs a barrier--ain't gonna get moved--so barriers are the way to go.  Same is true along many coasts--the science is doable--the cost should be locally financed.

      Apres Bush, le deluge.

      by melvynny on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:11:27 PM PST

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