I got word just now that North Carolina is going to make it illegal to accurately predict sea level changes.
Yes, the same people that have a very narrow definition of marriage are going to out-crazy themselves with an act covering how the state will predict the rise in sea levels. House Bill 819 goes on to state in Section 2.(e) the following:
The Division of Coastal Management shall be the only State agency authorized to develop rates of sea-level rise and shall do so only at the request of the Commission. These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of sea-level rise may be extrapolated linearly to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea-level rise. Rates of sea-level rise shall not be one rate for the entire coast but, rather, the Division shall consider separately oceanfront and estuarine shorelines.
What are they, HIGH? Not that I’d suggest the North Carolina legislature is enmeshed in the thrall of addictive plant products that get users hooked to the point of causing a major health crisis.
But seriously, really? That a state would legislate a scientific process by discarding logic and game the system so as to be able to make it illegal to do anything other than putting their fingers in their ears and going Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah ad infinitum until the bad smart person just gives up?
What do they think this is, 1633?
I went back to some of the notes and files I put together for doing… well, you know… and saw how the Tarheels fared in the scenario I had. On average between calm periods and the extended inundations during a now-extended hurricane season, Wilmington International Airport is under an inlet to the sea that rolled over Southport and Carolina Beach, Beaufort and Cape Hatteras are great places to scuba dive, and Camp Lejune is in an even better defensive position now that it’s on a peninsula.
But after reading this, I might want to see if there’s more to be done onto them to be mentioned in the back end of the book. I’ve seen climate change deniers of all stripes, many of whom are starting to realize lately that yes, there is something going on here and it may be time to rethink the denial, but this just makes me want to get all Books of Samuel on their asses.
There’s denial that’s just plain stupid, and then there’s this, something criminal that will hurt thousands of people. If this does not kill them, then it will certainly ruin them through economic disincentive, their properties either uninsured or under-insured thanks to poor risk assessment legislated into existence by narrow minded folks who probably live inland away from the impending disaster. And again, those without the means will pay the most when the time comes, bearing the cost of another’s foolishness.
Part of me hopes that this becomes for the climate denial movement the high-water mark. (Pun not intended; oh hell, maybe it was…) Once word gets out that people need to change the law to keep their fantasies alive and spit on facts and observation, that maybe this would wake people up and get them to see that much of the “doubt” is really a psy-op campaign by special interests to allow them to keep a very enriching status quo in place.
Mind you, I never thought a statehouse would actually go this far to deny climate change, so it might get a little wetter before it dries out…