August 21, 2005

Notes on Pilkeys piece in the Independent Weekly

Dr. Orin Pilkey is a fraud. He is a fraud on so many levels that it is hard to convey all of them. First and foremost he does not pratice science in his analysis of beach nourishment. Particularly in his analysis of the source matierial for beach nourishment projects. If he did he would be advocating science based standards for the sediment to put on beaches. He doesn't do this instead he calls those who do take the time to study the matierial "solution oriented" OK so the engineers who work on these projects want their projects to function well. What is wrong with that?

What is wront to Dr. Pilkey is that it allows communities to remain on the coast in the face of erosion. This is Dr. Pilkeys real mission. He has decided that he knows what is best for the coast and is bound and determined to impose his will on those who don't accept his beliefs.

Dr. Pilkey lives and (I assume) votes in Durham. He has never run for elected office yet he wants to indict those who have for supporting projects that clearly their communities and the state and federal government think are important. What level of meglomania is this. He accuses his opponents of using personal attacks "Simmons has a Karl Rove attack mentality and regularly trashes nourishment opponents, including myself." Simply the pot calling the kettle black. He trashes everyone associated with the beach nourishment process, why? Because his reall desire is not to get better sand on the beach but to see the beach abandoned and left for a few dilletantes like him.

(More to come)


At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you please print a "link" to Dr. Pilkey's article so we all can read and decide for ourselves.
It appears that you may be posting a link only to those articles which you like. Where's the fairness here?

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dr. Pilkey has probably studied our costs and beaches more then any other scientist. All of these nourishment projects are done with the premise of "Saving Our beaches" Shoreline Preservation" and blah blah blah. They do nothing to preserve anything other then buildings. They destroy the natural beaches, kill wild life and he is absolutely correct that the sand bags are the same as building a sea wall. The amount of tax-payer money thrown at these projects is stratling, yet communities such as Emerald islae don't even have adequate beach accesses for the public's use. Go to Emerald Isle, they are all gated private communities. Visit their ugly beach and honestly tell us that that is what you would like our beautiful Outer banks to look like. No one, after seeing the mess they have made of their beaches down there would want the same fate for the Outer Banks.

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Tueggs Krambold said...

Pilkey's article is online at:

Oh, and Pilkey is THE reason why the state has spent the last two years developing scientifically-based sediment compatibility criteria for future beach nourishment projects.

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous South Nags Header said...

You are going to have to do a lot better than this if you want me to change my mind about Pilkey and his views regarding beach renourishment.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now please tell me why a "south Nags Header" would not like Orrin Pilkey?.......Duhhhhhh????
Let's get objective here, please.

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, why would an Outer Banks banker who loves to loan money to developers/builders not like Orrin Pilkey?.......Duhhhhhhh???????


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