Strong majority oppose investing in infrastructure to protect shipyard from rising sea levels – 174 participants

Aug 24, 2017

A 2016 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicted that in a worst case scenario, one quarter of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be underwater by the end of the century. Read more. On August 24, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH government invest in infrastructure to protect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from rising sea levels?” 

“Should NH government invest in infrastructure to protect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from rising sea levels?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Portsmouth Shipyard NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 174 participants gave 347 responses

A total of 87% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 174 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 347 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 90%, were against investing in infrastructure to protect Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from rising sea levels.

  • “No. If Maine wants the tax revenue they can take care of the costs as well.”
  • “I really don't think there is any realistic danger. It's been there for 217 years and the land for eons before.”
  • “Seems like that should be the Navy's job.”

Yes: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 10%, were in favor of investing in infrastructure to protect Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from rising sea levels.

  • “It creates jobs, in the long run it saves money, and it would help ensure the continuation of the shipyard's $730 million contribution to the local economy.”
  • “It should be a joint venture with Maine same as the bridge projects as it affects both states if it becomes overtaken by the sea.”
  • “Yes. It is one of the easiest ports to repair all sorts of ships.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Conservation: “I think NH should be more proactive in its quest to be green… we can slow this rise.”
  • Observations: “Has anyone that works there or anyone who has ever worked there in the last 100 years noticed the sea level rise?”
  • Ownership: “Neither NH nor ME own it.  It is a US Navy installation owned by the federal government.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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