North Carolina To Outlaw Rise in Sea Level

Global warming causing sea level to rise? North Carolina legislators ain't panicking - they've got the perfect solution: simply outlaw the rise in sea level!

Scott Huler of Scientific American's Plugged In blog wrote:

In a story first discussed by the NC Coastal Federation and given more play May 29 by the News & Observer of Raleigh and its sister paper the Charlotte Observer, a group of legislators from 20 coastal NC counties whose economies will be most affected by rising seas have legislated the words “Nuh-unh!” into the NC Constitution.

Okay, cheap shot alert. Actually all they did was say science is crazy. 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


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What a great idea that is.
I've always said: don't just let anyone measure stuff when they want to, there would be chaos. What we need is one government-authorized committee per thing to measure in the universe. And only when they're asked to by the government.
Also, don't let those "scientists" fool you with their statistical analysis and fancy "exponential growth" mumbo-jumbo! Everyone knows nature always behaves linearly. So be a real scientist: draw a straight line through a graph!
That's how science works, innit?
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Shades of Shrodinger's Cat, rising sea levels haven't risen if they aren't measured. Extrapolating potential rise in sea level using century old data is just dumb, no matter what side of the arguement you take.
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This doesn't outlaw the measurement or reporting of sea-level rise. It only says how state agencies will or will not do it. I don't see what the problem is. We didn't like the state agencies (or federal agencies for that matter) doing this in the first place.
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"This doesn’t outlaw the measurement or reporting of sea-level rise. It only says how state agencies will or will not do it."

But they HAVE to use the long-discredited hockey stick model that the one true scientific authority tells them to use, otherwise they're being not just stupid, but evil. They're murdering millions of dollars in grant money! Don't you care about that?
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