Saturday, June 16, 2012

Legislating Science

"RALEIGH -- Rejecting a science panel’s warning that the North Carolina coast should prepare for an increasingly rapid rise in sea level later in this century, a Senate committee on Thursday endorsed far-reaching rules that would force planning and regulatory agencies to base sea-level forecasts only on the slower rates recorded in the past."

Really?  The state is trying to prepare coastal areas for projected  sea level increase of 2 to 3 feet. Here we have a legislature trying to impose its own science limiting the rise to less than a foot. No wonder that the legacy that we may well leave our children and grandchildren is not too much debt but a seriously degraded planet.

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