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2012 Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 13, 2018 03:39AM
An article from 2012:

[abcnews.go.com]

"A new law in North Carolina will ban the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise, prompting environmentalists to accuse the state of disrespecting climate science.

The law has put the state in the spotlight for what critics have called nearsightedness and climate change denial, but its proponents said the state needed to put a moratorium on predictions of sea level rise until scientific techniques improve.

The law was drafted in response to an estimate by the state's Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) that the sea level will rise by 39 inches in the next century, prompting fears of costlier home insurance and accusations of anti-development alarmism among residents and developers in the state's coastal Outer Banks region.

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue had until Thursday to act on the bill known as House Bill 819, but she decided to let it become law by doing nothing.

The bill's passage in June triggered nationwide scorn by those who argued that the state was deliberately blinding itself to the effects of climate change. In a segment on the "Colbert Report," comedian Stephen Colbert mocked North Carolina lawmakers' efforts as an attempt to outlaw science.

"If your science gives you a result you don't like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved," he joked.

The law, which began as a routine regulation on development permits but quickly grew controversial after the sea-level provision was added, restricts all sea-level predictions used to guide state policies for the next four years to those based on "historical data."

Tom Thompson, president of NC-20, a coastal development group and a key supporter of the law, said the science used to make the 39-inch prediction was flawed, and added that the resources commission failed to consider the economic consequences of preparing the coast for a one-meter rise in sea level, under which up to 2,000 square miles would be threatened.

A projection map showing land along the coast underwater would place the permits of many planned development projects in jeopardy. Numerous new flood zone areas would have to be drawn, new waste treatment plants would have to be built, and roads would have to be elevated. The endeavor would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, Thompson said."



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.



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Re: 2012 Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 13, 2018 06:39AM
Jesus is my weather man.

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Re: 2012 Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 13, 2018 08:34AM
So when the flooding and deaths increase, and the coastal cities have to be abandoned, they will continue to pray for divine intervention ?

And God whispers back:
"I gave you minds to learn and understand, and you rejected them. Suffer, fools."
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Re: 2012 Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: September 13, 2018 09:52AM
This seems like a twisted version of King Canute commanding the ocean tide to not rise.

Todd's humble keyboard
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Re: 2012 Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 13, 2018 01:49PM
No sweat - Florence will never make landfall, says Pat Robertson:

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"In the name of Jesus — Hurricane Florence, we speak to you and we command the storm to cease its forward motion and go harmlessly into the Atlantic. Go up north away from land and veer off, in the name of Jesus. We declare a shield of protection all over Tidewater and we declare a shield of protection over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus' holy name, be out to sea!" he called.

Whew! Crisis averted!
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Re: 2012 Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 13, 2018 04:02PM
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pdq
No sweat - Florence will never make landfall, says Pat Robertson:

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"In the name of Jesus — Hurricane Florence, we speak to you and we command the storm to cease its forward motion and go harmlessly into the Atlantic. Go up north away from land and veer off, in the name of Jesus. We declare a shield of protection all over Tidewater and we declare a shield of protection over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus' holy name, be out to sea!" he called.

Whew! Crisis averted!

If ever there was a person who deserved to be bound to a stake at the waterfront to prove his faith... Not the first time he has done this either.
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