North Carolina law would ban policy use of latest sea level rise predictions

By law, coastal policy in North Carolina will not incorporate the latest scientific predictions of sea level rises. Here's the key sentence in ABC's report:

A projection map showing land along the coast underwater would place the permits of many planned development projects in jeopardy.

The amazing thing about it is how this real estate has political system requirements for its investors. Just imagine communities of people who deny not only the human agency involved in climate change, but its very existence. [via Reddit]

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  1. A projection map showing land along the coast underwater would place the permits of many planned development projects in jeopardy.

    As sensible people who aren't necessarily trying to make a fast buck in questionably-ethical real estate development would say, that would be entirely the point of such a map. But the laws and lawmakers don't serve such aims these days, do they?

  2. zzzz says:

    There's definitely a joke to be made relating this to clapping harder to bring tinkerbell back.

  3. North Carolina, and other states that pull this crap, should be freed from the terrible burden of Federal disaster assistance when their coastal communities melt into the sea. "Huh? What flooding? Your maps clearly show that area to be high and dry."

  4. While it is still very ridiculous, if you were going to cover this story shouldn't you have covered it in Aug of 2012, which is the date of the ABC report you linked to?

    My guess is you just saw this link on the front page of reddit, where it was recently posted as a TIL: http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1kvg59/til_nc_banned_the_use_of_scientific_predictions/.

    If you want to cover ridiculous things going on in NC right now, there are (unfortunately) no shortage of current events that qualify.

  5. Speaking of ridiculous, are you actually suggesting that anybody who learns about something late (because they are too lazy to familiarize themselves with the manageably small set of facts that encompass the entire world or something) forever hold their peace or go back in time and report promptly?

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