The Coastal Resources Commission is taking a more cautious approach with regards to documenting sea level rise. The group’s science panel became a lightning rod when it was suggested it didn’t consider differing viewpoints on climate change – an assertion the board disputes. Legislation was introduced that required them to come out with another assessment in 2016 that says all available data must be considered. Commission chairman Bob Emory says that’s fine and that’s what they were doing anyway.
A bill that has cleared the North Carolina Senate would wipe out current members of many state commissions immediately if it became law in its current form. The bill would then give Governor Pat McCrory the power to replace them. Senate Bill 10 prompted a huge outcry from Democrats and others who say the bill is an unprecedented power grab. The Coastal Resources Commission would be one that’s impacted. Chairman Bob Emory says the bill has major problems.