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Perdue appointed sea-level science critic to Coastal Resources Commission

Former Gov. Bev Perdue appointed to the Coastal Resources Commission one of the leaders of the group behind legislation to slow sea-level rise forecasting in the state.

Larry Baldwin of Carteret County is a leader of NC-20, a coastal economic group critical of climate change science. NC-20 pushed to have the state calculate sea-level rise based only on historical events rather than predictions of accelerated increases.

Counties make recommendations on CRC appointments, but the final decision is the governor's.

Baldwin is vice president of Land Management Group, a company that does environmental consulting and has lots of contact with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources about coastal development rules. Baldwin said some coastal county officials wanted him on the commission to fill the 'coastal development' slot.

"I know they were concerned about trying to get as much balance as possible, " he said.

Scott Cutler, vice president of Clancy & Theys construction company in Raleigh, was appointed to the 'coastal engineering' slot. The company has a Wilmington office and built Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.

Gwen Baker of Wilmington was appointed to an at-large seat.

Their terms expire June 30, 2016. The appointments were among Perdue's last.


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