Retreating from the shoreline isn’t the answer
TO THE EDITOR:
If you missed Orrin Pilkey’s latest dog and pony show to sell his new book on sea level rise, you avoided a colossal waste of time.
What was billed by the N.C. Coastal Federation as a primer on climate change degenerated into little more than a screed against those who disagree with him.
At one point, Pilkey characterized Durham as an oasis of intellectuals surrounded by an “anti-intellectual” movement.
The last time such hubris was on display, Galileo was threatened with excommunication for suggesting the earth was not the center of the universe.
With a degree from Florida State, Pilkey has parlayed himself into a self-proclaimed expert in geology, coastal engineering, beach erosion, climate control and meteorology.
As one of the first to hijack the environmental movement to further a social agenda, his mission in life is to validate his radical science; his mantra is to retreat from the shoreline.
Gov. Bev Perdue, Duke University, the N.C. Coastal Federation and the Coastal Area Management Act have exalted him to an academic pinnacle without equal.
For this achievement, Duke is eternally grateful not only for the prestige but also for the millions in successful grants.
There is nothing prophetic in his outrageous apocalyptic tactics, yet no one holds him accountable.