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Bert Dirschell


Dear Editor:

My wife and I recently returned from a trip that included travel along part of the east coast. The level of traffic and general congestion was shocking to us, as well as all the new construction. People must be flocking to the area.

Earlier this year a poll showed that 69 percent of Americans think global warming is happening. Twenty-three percent are very concerned about it while 62 percent are at least somewhat concerned. When I look at the growth of some of the east coast cities, I have to wonder.

I checked population figures for eight east coast cities whose elevations are listed as being 20 feet or less above sea level (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Charleston, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami). All of them showed significant population increases from 2010 to 2018. (When we were on the I526 bypass around Charleston I noticed that my GPS showed that at times we were over 20 feet below sea level.)

Thirteen year ago Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" told us that sea levels would rise as much as 20 feet in the near future. Does it make sense to anyone that people would flock to buy property that was going to be underwater in the "near future?"

Six years ago the Huffington Post ran an article titled, "14 U.S. Cities That Could Disappear Over the Next Century, Thanks to Global Warming." Has anybody read about major flood prevention initiatives being undertaken by those in charge of major coastal cities? Shouldn't true believers be preparing for the inevitable?

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