Is there a greater indictment of a field of scientific endeavor than to be so far from the facts and reality that legislation must be introduced to preclude its use by scam artists and misanthropic greens? Of course the LA Times’ Patt Morrison views it somewhat differently:
On what political tout sheet is North Carolina listed as a swing state?
Because it looks like it’s already swung, and not in the direction of the Democrats, who hold their convention there in September.
First came last month’s vote to put a ban on same-sex marriage in the state’s Constitution (a San Diego church has put up a billboard in Charlotte, the site of the Democratic convention, apologizing for the “narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative” vote).
Now the state’s Legislature is considering a law that would, for all intents and purposes, give all the legislators doctorates in climatology. Because the law allows the Legislature to decide what is useful scientific data and what isn’t.
As a coastal state, North Carolina faces the same global climate challenges of rising sea levels and turbulent weather that island countries and other coastal regions have begun to confront, and to ask what to do next: Do they build walls? Draw their population inland and upland?
Here’s the NoCa solution: pretend it’s not happening. Pass a law saying it can’t happen because we say it can’t. Which is to say, ban any government agency from using the standard scientific tools like extrapolating data to figure out what’s happening, and thus avoid all those scary, silly scientific facts and figures.
Global warming? Flooding seas? Not in North Carolina. Why? Because they say so, that’s why.
News reports point out that businesses and local governments along the state’s coast lobbied for the law, which declares that only data from years past can be considered in calculating future sea levels; essentially, if it didn’t happen before, it can’t happen, period. The pending law bans using real scientific techniques and formulas about rising sea levels because that could mean rising building costs, rising insurance rates and rising restrictions on coastal building. So instead, let’s invoke wishful thinking and say it isn’t so.
The state’s Coastal Resources Commission, which looked into that soon-to-be-forbidden future, had anticipated a sea level rise of more than three feet within 90 years. The precise figure, 39 inches, has now been deleted from the commission’s policy.