Say Goodbye To The Shoreline

In 30 years the beauty of Pacific Grove’s coastline will be GONE! What is it with these climate change experts? It’s always 30 years away from complete DOOM. Do they really believe that the sea is going to rise that much in 30 years? How much has is changed in the last 30 years? Here’s what the U.N. was saying 30 years ago. Has it happened?

A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.

OK, so if it’s not global warming it’s those darn squirrels!

The trail would be temporary in the sense that rising sea levels generated by global warming will within 30 years erode the bluffs down to and including Ocean View Boulevard. As the sea continues to encroach on the bluffs, trails and parking will need to be moved inland, a process engineers call “adaptive retreat.” Eventually Ocean View would need to be closed or moved further inland toward what is now the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links, according to the study plan. A long-term plan calls for the boulevard to be closed completely and converted into a two-lane bike path.

With the sea eventually consuming existing parking, the study raised the possibility of creating an electric shuttle service to move people from inland parking to the trail.

Other causes of the erosion and loss of native vegetation along the bluffs include storm runoff, compaction by cars and people, and burrowing ground squirrels, according to the study plan.

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Bike stations would be located at places such as Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Presidio of Monterey.

Councilman Alan Haffa was very supportive of the program, noting that his students at Monterey Peninsula College were enthusiastic about it while Councilman Ed Smith had concerns that people wouldn’t spend money on such a program when they can purchase their own used bike for a reasonable cost.

The city on Tuesday also approved its Climate Action Plan, which has been in the works for several years.

This makes sense – more bicycle riders exhaling more CO2 into the fragile atmosphere. Bicycle riding is causing global warming.

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Global warming will affect tourism in a million years. Or is it the tourists gaining weight on fried foods sinking the land mass?

Tens of millions of Californians live in coastal counties, and the population in these areas is slowly growing. But at the same time, federal ocean-related expenditures have steadily declined by 8 percent, while the state continues to endure a historic drought and the early effects of climate change.

“The coast is where climate change impacts are among the highest,” said Kildow.

A lot of Monterey Bay’s ocean economy lies at or near the shore, which could be vulnerable to erosion, said Charles Colgan, an economist and co-author of the report.

“Much of Cannery Row sits on top of an erodible shoreline, for example,” he said. “Rising sea level is something that people are going to have to pay attention to.”

And our own esteemed Sam The Sham wants more of our tax dollars to “help”.

“This report is the first time people have been able to put solid economic numbers on these environmental and marine issues,” said Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. As the founder and chair of the House Oceans Caucus, Farr seeks to draw attention to and secure limited federal funding for ocean-related programs.

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Might pay off in 50,000 years.

According to the Pacific Grove Public Works Department, steady erosion along the coastline is not to the point where immediate action needs to be taken, however it no longer can be ignored either.

“We’ve retained Haro, Kasunich and Associates to do the study,” said Public Works Director Daniel Gho.

That study, which is planned to begin soon, will look into different scenarios the City could take.

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