In North Carolina, House Bill 819, a measure that would require sea level forecasts to be based on past patterns, “would all but outlaw projections based on climate change data.”
You don’t like predictions based on sound science? Pfft! Ban them. Easy come, easy go. Without all that bothersome, imposing, well-researched data, the crisis simply ceases to exist. Easy as pie!
Hey! Why don’t we do that with our economic woes, too?
So while that insane North Carolina bill would legislate science and inhibit research, a report has come out offering evidence that an uh-oh-sized area along the east coast could be in real trouble. Are all those states going to pass Ostrich Head-In-The-Sand bills too?
We’re talking Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to north of Boston, and even major cities including Philadelphia and Baltimore.
But to hell with the health and welfare of people when profits are what really count. L.A. Times:
Comedian Colbert brought the debate to a national audience, wisecracking in a segment titled “Sea, No Evil” on the June 4 “Colbert Report”: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.”
The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average, a report said Sunday.
This increases the flood risk for one of the world’s most densely-populated coastal areas and threatens wetland habitats, said a study reported in the journal Nature Climate Change. [...]
If global temperatures continue to rise, the sea level on this portion of the coast by 2100 could rise up to 30 centimetres over and above the one-metre global surge projected by scientists, it added.
The article cites other reports and studies, but, hey, maybe they can all be legislated away, too.