North Carolina

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.¬† Read more »

A good Democrat?

ŠĒ• The Telegraph

Could this Democrat have actually done good or is she just thick?

Becky Carney, a Democratic member of the North Carolina general assembly, had been a vocal critic of plans to allow hydraulic fracking, a pollution-heavy method of extracting natural gas from the ground.

Yet by pressing the green “aye” button at her desk rather than the red “no”, she cast the deciding vote in favour of a Republican bid to override a veto on the practice by Bev Perdue, the¬†Democratic¬†governor.

“Oh my gosh,” Ms Carney reportedly said on the assembly floor, after seeing her name flash up in the¬†Republican¬†column on a chamber TV screen after the 11.30pm poll. “It won’t let me change my vote.” The 67-year-old Democrat, who has represented a Mecklenburg County constituency for 10 years, asked Thom Tillis, the Republican House Speaker, to allow her to change her vote, but he declined.

Members are permitted to change their votes only if the overall result is not altered, Mr Tillis happily pointed out. Republicans then used a procedural move to ensure the vote could not be reconsidered.

Ms Carney’s “yes” vote meant the result was 72-47 in favour of the Republican override ‚Äď precisely the number they required. Without Ms Carney’s vote, the governor’s veto would have been sustained.