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  1. Why do we keep getting lectured about sea level rise and global warming when there is no evidence of either; and further, that prior studies supporting man-made global warming are at best, flawed and have proved to be unreliable? This has become political, not scientific.

    1. Hi Gus. My intention was certainly not to lecture, but to relate what’s happening in my community. And it seems that the US military has seen the effects of sea rise first-hand and acknowledges that it may affect the security of its outposts. All of this seems empirical to me, not political.

      1. Laura,
        Laura, thank you for this information in this forum and mention that all Dept. of Defense branches see sea level rise and climate change as a national and global security priority. In the near future a more logical discussion of facts and reality in political arena is hoped for.

  2. Laura————many of the coastal outfalls from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) along the California coast relate to structures set close to the shore-line to enhance up gradient gravity flow. Carpinteria is just an example. These may be areas where WWTPs are located on seismically unstable land prone to liquefaction. This leverages the problem into another dimension. As we move deeper into drought prone times, the need increases for augmenting drinking water, and this can be supplied with recycled wastewater. This is being discussed for Carpinteria by augmenting its aquifers with injection of recycled water. That will see a pairing and interdependency of water systems into coherent process where the surrounding population is at increasing risk if parts fail.
    The sewer system will eventually need to be moved or a barrier against intruding sea will be needed. Neither will be cheap and the growing dependency of drinking water supplies on recycled water would see the demand for a coordinated approach to be a critically dependent issue.

  3. The issue may be political. My observation is that all reports supporting climate change (the name had to be changed from “global warming” because there was insufficient warming.) is funded by a government (political) entity. Those who was continued funding must support the desire of the government body that is funding their work.
    If it were scientific the scientific process would be used. The scientific process requires debate regarding the empirical data to determine if it supports or disproves the hypothesis. In the case of anthropogenic climate change politicians continually state “debate is over”. I don’t remember there ever being a debate. Politicians threaten to incarcerate anyone who disagrees with them. And then there is the statement that 90% of the scientist agree that human activity is a major cause of climate change. Political scientists vote. Scientists debate the empirical data. The computer models for climate that are funded by governments have been compared to observed data.
    Lets have the politicians stop the name calling and engage in a serious debate of empirical data.

  4. If sea levels are actually rising, the cause is a hotter sun, not the exhaust from my pick up truck. The problem stressed communities are (suppossedly) suffering are entirely self created. Structures and dwellings should not be built so close the ocean, or at least the owners should be responsible for their folly, not just whining about their predicament. Same thing goes for living in arid, desert regions. Sure, go live there, but dont start complaining when the water runs out. Weather, climate, sea levels, all change. The causes are irrelevant. You cant fight mother nature

  5. Laura
    thanks for sharing the planning and efforts of a relatively small community in addressing its future risks and considering their alternatives to address them. I will share this report with ASFPM leaders throughout the nation. Larry Larson

  6. Laura,

    Excellent piece. The multi-dimensional aspect of climate change/sea level rise is often lost in partisan bickering but was nicely reflected in your post with your references to community inundation, telecom vulnerability, property value loss, and the military’s hard-nosed response to what it sees as a real problem. Whatever the cause, the impacts of climate change/sea level rise will be better met if we begin planning for them now rather than reacting after the fact.

  7. Before the USA and other wealthy nations are effected places like the Maldives and Kiribati will be inundated.
    Humans are incredibly well enabled to adapt to changing conditions. As you have indicated in this article people from all strategic avenues are analyzing and making alternative plans. If you historically turn back the clock 100 years a few wealthy people owned cars and flight was in a Sopwith camel while the pilot dropped his bombs over the side of the canvas bi-plane by hand.
    In 100 years into the future the evolution of the car will have changed dramatically. The driver-less car will change the number of car trips necessary,traffic delays etc etc. If our technology revolution keeps advancing at the exponential rate it has been in the last 3 decades then I see pollution emissions dropping substantially in the next 50 years.
    Concurrently if we educate the world on population growth and the oceans will start to take of themselves.

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