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North Carolina Trying to Make Measuring Climate Change Illegal

[ 24 ] May 31, 2012 |

The Tar Heel State is moving up the list of insane states.

There is virtually universal agreement among scientists that the sea will probably rise a good meter or more before the end of the century, wreaking havoc in low-lying coastal counties. So the members of the developers’ lobbying group NC-20 say the sea will rise only 8 inches, because … because … well, SHUT UP, that’s because why.

That is, the meter or so of sea level rise predicted for the NC Coastal Resources Commission by a state-appointed board of scientists is extremely inconvenient for counties along the coast. So the NC-20 types have decided that we can escape sea level rise – in North Carolina, anyhow – by making it against the law. Or making MEASURING it against the law, anyhow.

Here’s a link to the circulated Replacement House Bill 819. The key language is in section 2, paragraph e, talking about rates of sea level rise: “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 seas-level rise may be extrapolated linearly. …” It goes on, but there’s the core: North Carolina legislators have decided that the way to make exponential increases in sea level rise – caused by those inconvenient feedback loops we keep hearing about from scientists – go away is to make it against the law to extrapolate exponential; we can only extrapolate along a line predicted by previous sea level rises.


This is bound to protect the endangered Outer Banks tourist industry!

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  1. Julian says:

    They should take a look at banning long division.

    • Jeremy says:

      “So the members of the developers’ lobbying group NC-20 say the sea will rise only 8 inches, because … because … well, SHUT UP, that’s because why.”

      Does this mean we Hoosiers can finally point fingers at dumber people when the whole pi incident comes up?

  2. rea says:

    Not that it helps the sanity of the North Carolina legistation much, but it doesn’t actually make measuring sea level rise illegal. Rather, it bars state agenices from measuring sea level rise (except in accordance with their silly rules).

    The whole thing sounds very much like the famous Indiana Pi Bill, which the legislature of that state concluded at the last minute that it ought not to pass. . .

  3. Hogan says:

    I yield the remainder of my time to Senator Canute.

  4. Sockie the Sock Puppet says:

    The obvious next step is to outlaw thermometers that give readings above 85 degrees. And to shoot down the satellites that take images of Category 5 hurricanes.

    Today’s GOP: Because no news is good news!

  5. Ken says:

    I’m not sure it will matter. The insurance companies believe in global warming, so they’re not going to write a policy for beachfront property.

    The downside is that a lot of coastal flood insurance is already handled by the Feds since private companies won’t touch it, and the Congress may also decide to ignore reality.

  6. Eli Rabett says:

    As Eli pointed out a few days ago they will not have the last word because there are the issues of insurance and bonds. Anything built under the NC-20 standard that does not meet the one meter standard is going to have problems with the financial and insurance industries which already have this on its radar.

  7. DrDick says:

    Dear sweet Cthulhu! Is there some kind of wingnut Olympics going on to see who can enact the most insane and moronic laws?

  8. njorl says:

    “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 seas-level rise may be extrapolated linearly.”

    It makes sense. Curved trajectories are confined to the celestial sphere. The Earthly sphere has only linear trajectories. Have you liberals read no Aristotle?

    • Sev says:

      And speaking of curves, I think they may have just fixed the obesity epidemic- in principle. No need for Nanny Bloomberg’s assault on our soda supersizes.

  9. wengler says:

    Just pass a law banning Global Warming.

    Eat it environment, you lose!

  10. rea says:

    These people will all drown while insisting that the water only comes up to their ankles.

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