Energy & Environment

Strong majority not concerned about rising sea levels - 156 participants

Dec 03, 2016

In December, the Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission released a report outlining recommendations for state and local officials to respond to a projected rise in sea levels. The report estimates that sea levels on the New Hampshire coastline will rise by between six inches and two feet by 2050. Read more about this issue. On December 3, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Are you concerned about rising sea levels in New Hampshire?”

Are you concerned about rising sea levels in New Hampshire?

Sea Levels NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 156 participants gave 302 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 302 responses from 156 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 80% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, said they were not concerned about rising sea levels in New Hampshire.

  • “I do not believe in global warming. I believe the Earth’s climate has always been changing since it was formed.”
  • “It's not bothering me; I am high and inland. We have other more immediate human issues to deal with right now.”
  • “The problem is decades away. If the Dutch could figure out how to live below sea level centuries ago, our modern engineers can surely manage solutions. Besides, those who own homes on the coastline are wealthy enough to deal with it.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 20%, said they were concerned about rising sea levels in New Hampshire.

  • “Yes, it’s obviously happening. We don't have a large coast, but some places will be gone in 50 years.”
  • “Now is the time to plug this challenge into our community planning so that, when the sea level rise actually changes and inundates our low lands, our children and grandchildren will thank us for planning ahead.”
  • “Not recognizing the reality of climate change [is] like thinking the Earth is flat.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included various aspects of climate change in general:

  • “When in the history of the earth has the climate not changed?”
  • “The polar ice caps were supposed to be gone by now.”
  • “If you actually looked into the science you would realize that the Earth's warming could trigger a global ice age.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 


Chuck Malias
- Manchester

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 8:53am


Climate change is not a religion or spiritual mindset. You can't choose to believe it. It's real, like math or engineering. You'll appear smarter if you just come out and say, "I don't care about it and it's not worth addressing."

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