Part Two of Reuters Sea Level Rise Series

Mick Huckabee feels “blessed” to have a $3 million, 11,000 square foot beachfront vacation home in Florida. We think he is blessed to have federally subsidized flood insurance and a Florida DEP that basically looks the other way and approves every application to build houses where beaches and protective dunes really should be. That is just one of the stories in part 2 of Reuters’ series on Sea Level Rise.

Part 2 is as good as the first.  This is reporting at its best folks. I urge you to read the in-depth piece by Deborah J. Nelson, Ryan McNeill and Duff Wilson. 

Record Rainfall and Floods in NJ, Islip, & Pretty Much Everywhere

Rain, rain here to stay?  In the Eastern US a ridiculous amount of rain fell this week, flooding Detroit on August 11, the Mid-Atlantic on August 12th, and Long Island on August 13th. 

If rainfalls of 6, 10 or 13 inches are going to become more commonplace, we need to plan for that water.  Give it a place to go.  NJ’s version of events. 

It makes you think that rain barrels, rain gardens and efforts to slow and store water are worth every penny.


Time for Activism on NJ Coastal Development Rules

We recently posted about the proposed rules in NJ that would make it easier to develop in the coastal zone, here.

Please read the additional opinion pieces from the Press of Atlantic City here, and from the Star Ledger here.

Additional opinion pieces from Bill Potter, a notable environmental lawyer in NJ here and from Bob Sandberg of the Sierra Club.

We need your help to stop this insanity! Take the time to register your comments, info below. Here are some suggested elements.

  • This is a 1000 page rule proposal. Public hearings began just as the summer vacation season got underway in late June, and the written comment period ends on August 1st. This is not an appropriate amount of time for the public to digest this sweeping rule overhaul.
  • The proposed coastal development rule changes do not take into account climate change, future storms, or rises in sea level along the Jersey Shore, which is a recipe for future disasters.
  • The proposed coastal development rule changes do not incorporate lessons learned from the devastation to New Jersey coastal communities from Superstorm Sandy, calling for increased development in hazardous coastal areas.
  • A proposed new class of permit, “permit-by-certification” is also cause for concern, as this will allow permit seekers to obtain a permit automatically through a website, without review by NJDEP staff.

Make it personal! Add your true thoughts, feelings, and experiences. We all lived through this!

To make your voice hear on this disastrous rule change please go to   Fill in your information (don’t worry you will not be added to any lists as a result) Where it says Select Rule-making, choose DEP Docket No. 03-14-04 Coastal Zone Management Rules and Coastal Permit Program Rules; proposed consolidation with amendments
3. Add a comment, up to 20,000 characters.




NJ Rules Propose More Development in Coastal Zone

Please take a good look at the picture above.  The state of NJ just guaranteed that we will all go through that living hell again.

I guess the state didn’t get the message we posted yesterday about the Rutgers Climate Adaptation Alliance’s new reports on the impacts of climate change.  It seems like they learned nothing from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy either.

Because today was the final public hearing on a 1000-page overhaul of the state’s development rules in the coastal zone and guess what?  They call for more development in these areas while also making it easier to get these development permits.  Kirk Moore of the Asbury Park Press nails it here. 

Business as Usual is Risky Business

A new report called Risky Business is saying the US economy faces graves threats from global warming.  This report was not written by academics or environmental leaders, but by some serious capitalists like Henry Paulson and Michael Bloomberg, ably assisted by folks with extensive policy experience including George Schultz and Olympia Snowe.

They call climate change nature’s “interest-only” loan, which is the type of loan where you pay less now but pay much more later with higher risk and higher interest rates.  The report does not get into the solutions to climate change, it just examines the risks in terms of dollars and concludes that $507 billion worth of coastal property will be underwater by 2100 with a chance of another $730 billion inundated at high tide.  Forbes review by Mike Scott here