Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who brought his presidential campaign to Corona del Mar last week — may not believe in global warming, but perhaps a new study about the effects climate change could have on the economy could get him to reconsider the science. Expected beach erosion and the death of sea life caused by warmer waters could wash away hundreds of millions in tourism and tax dollars statewide, according to a recent study by San Francisco State economists.
If the environmental reasons are not enough to get the attention of those who don't believe in the man-made causes of global warming, perhaps the economic reasons will prove convincing. That's critical for those of us along the Orange County coast, where the ocean defines our way of life.
"You need a certain amount of space for people to recreate, and, as beaches erode, you lose beach size and you lose tourism," study author Phillip King, an associate professor of economics at San Francisco State, told theLos Angeles Times.