Speak Out: Sea level rise

A recent Delaware State News story reported that sea level rise is here, and it’s not stopping any time soon, officials say.

And for the nation’s lowest-lying state, that’s a big problem.

According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, it would cost about $1.45 billion to raise all roads and bridges owned by the state. For comparison, this year’s bond bill allocates $863 million for infrastructure and other capital projects — and that’s the largest sum in state history.

• If you live in places below sea level, buy a boat. You are going to need it. — Cindy West

• Obama is buying a shack by the ocean. He doesn’t seem to be at all concerned with sea level rise. — Mark Schmalhofer

• Imagine that, build on land that shouldn’t be built on then complain about that said land being overtaken when it should never have been built in the first place. — Christopher Joyce

• So do it over a number of years. Genius! — Diane Butters-Eastburn

• This has been a problem for years. So now it’s an issue. Why wasn’t it an issue when Joe Biden was vice president and could have done something? — Bob Smith

• Fifteen thousand years ago the coastline at Rehoboth was 100 miles east of where it is now. In the 1960s after a big storm, tree trunks were in the surf at low tide. Sea level rise has been happening for thousands of years. — John Kraft

• It is simply scientific fact that climate change is causing sea levels to rise. We ignore this at our own peril. — Eric Morrison

• Legalize marijuana and use the money for infrastructure. — Susan Glenn Lambert

• It’s funny how threats of climate change are always accompanied by how much more of our money that the government will take. — Scott Meyer

• Climate change is a government slush fund opportunity. — Tommy Lee

• Trump’s gonna nuke the planet after he loses anyway so not an issue. — Peter Giaquinto

• Sea level rise? Climate change? Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. The favorite Chicken Little of the Democrat Party. Remember the ageless aphorism “Time and tide wait for no man”? How many years has Carper and crew been pumping sand back up on the shores of Rehoboth? It’s called “natural erosion.” Archeological studies show that several millennia ago, the entire Delmarva Peninsula was 14 feet under water. That means that “climate change” is cyclical. Japan has dealt with this issue for ages. New Orleans would have been under water centuries ago without levees, and less you forget so easily (or simply never knew)the parable of the Little Dutch Boy, the Netherlands is an entire country with less elevation than Delaware. Pictures show that the old Port Mahon lighthouse had road access to it. The tide creates and destroys. The Civilian Conservation Corp canal building of the 30s to reduce mosquitoes only exacerbated this erosion. — George Roof

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