North Carolina: Making Sea Level Rise Illegal?

Outer Banks, NC (www.terraprints.com)
North Carolina, home to barrier islands and low-lying coastal lands popular with residents and tourists alike, is considering mandating that state agencies and local governments ignore the broad scientific consensus that accelerated sea level rise will have devastating effects for coastal communities in the coming years. The key part of House Bill 819 is the following:
“…rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of [sea level rise] may be extrapolated linearly to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of [sea level rise].”
This proposed policy would essentially mandate a linear approach to a very non-linear phenomenon, demanding that scientists, planners, and decision makers ignore basic physics (e.g., how much change, how quickly will it happen). Being skeptical is one thing. Rejecting the existence or utility of science is another thing entirely. 

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