Art Sherwood Says Raleigh Republicans to Blame for Geologist’s Resignation

July 27, 2016

State Senate candidate asserts that an anti-science bias and political correctness has caused GOP to undermine research by those protecting public health and the environment

LENOIR, N.C.  – Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 45, said today that the resignation of a founding geologist from the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission reveals the consequences of the anti-science, climate-change denying Republican Governor Pat McCrory and the GOP-led legislature.

Art Sherwood

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Indeed, according to a news report in the Raleigh News & Observer and several other outlets, Stanley Riggs of East Carolina University said in his resignation letter, “I believe the once highly respected and effective science panel has been subtly defrocked and is now an ineffective body.” Riggs, who has worked on coastal issues for North Carolina more than 50 years, also said, “I can’t influence the legislature, but I can educate the public. That’s what I do.”

Sherwood said, “Mr. Riggs’s resignation is the result of a stunning rejection of science by Governor Pat McCrory and the GOP-led legislature. That is ironic in light of McCrory’s insistence that the NBA’s decision to cancel their All-Star game scheduled in Charlotte in 2017 was motivated by ‘political correctness.’ It is simply hypocritical for Republicans to talk about political correctness when Mr. Riggs felt he had no choice but to resign because the GOP is more concerned about appealing to its base than it is in finding solutions to our state and nation’s problems, such as climate change, which Mr. Riggs has been studying.”

Sherwood added, “Our citizens rightfully expect that our elected officials will identify and tackle the tough problems. It is obvious the Republicans in Raleigh have no intention of acknowledging our problems, let alone solving them. That is why I say, everywhere I go, ‘I am ready, willing and able to serve – now.’”

He concluded, “I have identified preserving the environment for future generations as a cornerstone of my campaign. That is why I have called for a moratorium on fracking based on the Precautionary Principle. I call now on the Republicans in Raleigh to quit obstructing the work of the scientists doing the important work of protecting public health and the environment that supports our very lives.”

Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. The General Election will be held on November 8.


Note: For a PDF copy of the position paper on fracking, contact the campaign. 

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To speak with Art Sherwood, please call (828) 434-0563. To speak with Campaign Manager Michael Barrick, please call (828) 434-8520.

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