Don’t politicize the issue of flooding

Don’t politicize the issue of flooding
April 07 19:37 2019 Print This Article

Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order in December 2018 to establish the South Carolina Floodwater Commission. McMaster wrote, “The Commission will work to provide solution-based discussions and to identify and implement short-term and long-term recommendations to alleviate and mitigate flood impacts to this state.” The (Charleston) Post and Courier published a hit piece on Floodwater Commission Chair Tom Mullikin Sunday because he opposes taxing American carbon dioxide emissions. The purpose of the commission is coming up with solutions for the state’s flooding problems, not to politicize the issue.

The Post and Courier runs endless editorials and news stories which attribute the Lowcountry’s flooding problems to carbon dioxide emissions. The newspaper states that carbon dioxide emissions are causing sea levels to rise and that it is the root cause of flooding. It never considers the impact of filling in wetlands and lax real estate development standards on local flooding.

Sea level rise has been slow and steady since the 1880s, averaging 3.2 millimeters per year (one foot per 100 years), according to satellite data. Tidal gage data shows sea level rise proceeding at half of that rate. The Post and Courier attributes sea level rise to human use of “fossil fuels” – coal, oil and natural gas. The South Carolina coastline once went as far inland as Columbia before humans populated the earth. Even within recorded history, the Vikings farmed in Greenland during the Medieval Warming Period form 900-1400 AD before being forced out by glaciers.

Carbon dioxide is a clear, naturally occurring gas which does nothing to harm human or animal health. It only comprises 0.04% of the atmosphere, and human “fossil fuel” consumption contributes little of that tiny concentration. The notion that taxing American usage of oil, coal and natural gas will impact the sea level is ridiculous. Increased carbon dioxide concentration actually has the beneficial effect of increasing plant growth and crop yield.

When it comes to flooding, let our state Floodwater Commission analyze practical solutions. We should stop filling in wetlands, a natural filter that absorbs stormwater runoff. We should have stricter development standards, limiting the amount of impervious surfaces which cause stormwater to negatively impact surrounding properties. First and foremost, let’s not demonize commission members on political grounds. We want citizens to develop realistic flooding solutions without the threat of personal attacks.

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  1. April 07, 23:03 #1 SC Smart

    You lost everyone when you pretended to know more than the consensus findings of an overwhelming majority of expert scientists in the relevant fields.

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    • April 07, 23:36 Sheri Irwin

      LOL….the word “expert” is tossed around like a rag doll.
      Who are these experts?
      The whole global warming (now called climate change) is a RUSE concocted in the bowels of the UN to get mankind willing to enslave himself for the environment.
      It is called Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and sustainability.

      Sustainable Development is the process by which America is being RE-ORGANIZED around a central principle of state collectivism using the environment as bait.

      Please look up ,”Agenda 21 for dummies” and see how this is about destroying your private property rights.

      John’s article nails it.

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  2. April 08, 06:18 #2 John Steinberger

    Hey, SC Smart, why don’t you reveal your name? Talking about global warming and sea level rise will do nothing to mitigate flooding. Using tidal gage readings, sea level has been rising 1.4 mm per year for more than a century. The levels have actually dropped during the past two years, according to NOAA’s own records. Charleston’s flooding is mostly caused by filling in wetlands and high-density development without sufficient vegetation to absorb stormwater. Please feel free to call me at 843-709-7819 if you have any great idea about how we can mitigate flooding.

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    • April 09, 21:46 SC Smart

      Understandable question. Many readers on your site, and the general internet, are cruel and evil people with terrible intentions and perhaps near zero intelligence or believe conspiracy theories. Just look at how my responses have been interpreted and the responses generated.
      I agree with many of your solutions and suggestions, and indicated that.

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  3. April 08, 08:53 #3 SC Smart

    I don’t usually maintain dialogues with people that wear aluminum foil on their heads.
    Flood mitigation could include a combination of approaches used in other flood affected communities. Buy out consistently flooding properties, like they do in Charlotte. Stop filling in wetlands. Improve local capture of new runoff (larger detention or retention basins). Plan for larger and more frequent flood events and phase in insurance costs accordingly over 10 to 20 years. Stop denying that climate is changing and has human contributions as found by hundreds of well respected scientists, who provide clear documented evidence that has been reviewed and can be reviewed, and is found to be clear and conclusive by basically every scientist that reviews it (with the only exceptions being those that have been paid off).

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  4. April 08, 16:40 #4 Bob Manning

    John, I don’t think you should allow anonymous slime like SC Smart to comment on anything. He’s as gutless as the antifa mask wearers.

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    • April 09, 21:51 SC Smart

      Bob, if that is your real name, why don’t you post your job and home address? Oh, you don’t want to? Neither do I. All of that is easily found with just a name. With people posting conspiracy theories, I don’t need insane people or people accusing me of being a Nazi or ‘antifa’ or whatever knowing anything about me. With a community like that, why would I want them to?

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