In the last session of the Delaware General Assembly, natural gas was defined as a renewable resource. Many people have, logically, scoffed at this definition, but, natural gas is truly a renewable resource. Every 50 to 100 million years or so, the planet has created more, which is why we have so much and why prices for it are so low.
So, DNREC has decided that the proper time horizon for public policy debate is clearly 50 to 100 million years. So, I was relieved when I saw the following notice from DNREC. I was afraid that they were going to initiate more job killing rules and recommendations in order to save Delaware from “man-made” global warming.
NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Contact: Susan Love, Delaware Coastal Programs, 302-739-9283; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Public invited to attend engagement sessions on sea level rise
Public comment encouraged on preliminary work of the
Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee(Oct. 28, 2011) – Delaware residents are invited to attend public engagement sessions on sea level rise and the potential impacts to Delaware. Five sessions are scheduled at locations throughout the state – Nov. 9 in Middletown; Nov. 15 in Georgetown; Nov. 17 in New Castle; Nov. 21 in Dover; and Nov. 29 in Lewes. At each session, the work of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee will be presented.
DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara formed the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee to assess the risks posed by sea level rise and to develop recommendations for state and local governments, businesses and citizens.
So, what could the impact of sea level rise be on Delaware over the next 50 to 100 million years? The following map says it all…
Generalized paleogeographic map of the United States in Late Cretaceous time (65 to 80 million years ago) [Source: US Geological Survey]
This map clearly indicates that there are two logical recommendations for state and local governments: 1) Move to higher ground, or 2) Learn to swim. I guess that the committee can close up shop…