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North Carolina Trying to Make Measuring Climate Change Illegal

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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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  • Julian

    They should take a look at banning long division.

    • “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?

      • rea

        Yes–Indiana didn’t pass the law, although it almost did.

  • rea

    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. . .

  • Hogan

    I yield the remainder of my time to Senator Canute.

    • Senator Xerxes asks for a point of personal honor to claim precedence in this matter.

      • jameson quinn

        Canute was kidding, Xerxes wasn’t.

        • Oceanic insubordination is no laughing matter.

        • Holden Pattern

          Canute wasn’t even kidding. He was making a point about the limits of temporal power. One which the wingtard would do well to heed, but they’ve pretty much thrown out every useful lesson from history.

          • West of the Cascades

            It seems the NC Legislature agrees with Canute that only God can rule the tides, but wants to clarify that God only tolerates straight-line extrapolations. I think it’s a religious freedom argument, or something.

  • Sockie the Sock Puppet

    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!

  • Ken

    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.

  • 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.

    • Did you just refer to yourself in the third person?

      • Hob

        You haven’t read Eli’s blog much, have you?

        • A. It annoys the right people. They tend to have zero whimsey

          B. It amuses Eli

          C. It provides some distance

          • Some, certainly not Pinko, might say that Loomis is not aware of all internet traditions. [“certainly not Eli” is one of the best in the world, especially when prefaced by Roger Pielke, Jr.]

            • My lack of awareness of internet traditions really makes me unfit to write on this blog, particularly given the site’s groundbreaking history in this field.

    • Holden Pattern

      I’m sure this is the only regulation of those industries that the wingtards will support — just like the Navy can’t pursue alternate energy sources, insurance and financial industries will be barred from considering the effect of climate change in assessing risk.

  • DrDick

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

  • njorl

    “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

      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.

  • wengler

    Just pass a law banning Global Warming.

    Eat it environment, you lose!

  • rea

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

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