With a 168-slide PowerPoint, John Droz has notched a remarkable record fighting sea-rise science, coastal development limits and renewable energy plans.
John Droz Jr. is not the stereotypical back-room political player: A tall and trim 67, bespectacled with a shorn scalp, he’s a man who prefers sweater vests and jeans rather than crisp suits and bears more resemblance to a retired high-school science teacher than a political heavyweight.
Yet this semi-retired real-estate investor and self-described environmental advocate spends much of his time quietly and effectively plying the halls of power in Raleigh, N.C., deflecting credit and avoiding the spotlight.
“This isn’t about me,” he offered, repeatedly.
What it’s about, however, is Droz’ outsized role in shaping science’s influence on public policy – on climate change, sea-level rise
, the advantages of renewable energy over fossil fuels. His work has rippled far beyond Raleigh’s 1960s-era State Legislative Building and into the national debate on how to respond to warnings raised by climate scientists.
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