North Carolina gets smart, ignores alarmists

The North Carolina state government has got smart. They are ignoring alarmists and their insane predictions about climate change. Even better they have passed a law about it.

A new law in North Carolina will ban the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise, prompting environmentalists to accuse the state of disrespecting climate science.

The law has put the state in the spotlight for what critics have called nearsightedness and climate change denial, but its proponents said the state needed to put a moratorium on predictions of sea level rise until scientific techniques improve.

The law was drafted in response to an estimate by the state’s Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) that the sea level will rise by 39 inches in the next century, prompting fears of costlier home insurance and accusations of anti-development alarmism among residents and developers in the state’s coastal Outer Banks region. 

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue had until Thursday to act on the bill known as House Bill 819, but she decided to let it become law by doing nothing.

The bill’s passage in June triggered nationwide scorn by those who argued that the state was deliberately blinding itself to the effects of climate change. In a segment on the “Colbert Report,” comedian Stephen Colbert mocked North Carolina lawmakers’ efforts as an attempt to outlaw science.

“If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved,” he joked.

Yeah but what about when the science is a joke and the evidence builds and builds that the science is actually a fraud?

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Look at the language, “disrespecting climate science”. So if you hold a different view, you’re not being respectful of the fraudsters. There’s another religion that demands respect too.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Thank fucking christ, is all I can say. One small ray of hope exists for environmental policy, and this is it

  • cows4me

    I note all the hype some years ago with similar scare mongering and cries of doom and death by high tide. Where are the new rules and regulations from our esteem leaders to save us from ourselves . Surely the National government must be so concerned about AGW and raising sea levels that you would think the shore line would be no go for development. They sure charge us enough for this so call problem. Is it not dereliction of duty to not stop coastal development or are they full of it?

    • Kopua Cowboy

      Nah they recognise the foreshore is doomed so they’re just giving it to the Maori :P

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