Archive for June 6, 2012
North Carolina may decide to deny global warming science in a big way.
A new state law in the works would require estimates of coming sea level change to be based on historical changes from the past, ignoring scientific studies which indicate how levels are actually likely to rise in the future.
A state-appointed science panel projected that the sea level off the coast of North Carolina may rise as much as a meter by the year 2100. The state legislature apparently didn’t like this idea, because it would affect coastal communities, tourism, most of the big cities in North Carolina, and much of the state’s industry. Plus, it is contrary to conservative ideology, which holds that global warming doesn’t exist — but things wouldn’t be inconvenient if it did — and it shouldn’t elicit any action on the part of humans in any case. (more…)