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Even as flat earthers deny sea level rise, the land disappears

Folks paying attention of late are aware that the marriage discrimination amendment  isn’t the only area in which North Carolina is provoking snickers and head slaps on a national level. Another is our extreme and right-wing General Assembly’s absurd effort to dictate to scientists which data they can and can’t look at in assessing and predicting the sea-level rise that will take place along our coast over the next several decades.  

(As an aside, if you want to see just how crazy the real estate developers and other self-appointed experts from the ideological right have become as they attempt tell actual scientists what to think and do on this critical subject, just wait a few hours until they start publishing some additional pieces of distorted “analysis” in the comments section below.)

Anyway, as this AP story from this weekend’s WaPo makes clear, at some point in the near future, cold hard facts are simply going to wash away the claims of the deniers. This is from the article:

“Up and down the California coast, some communities are deciding it’s not worth trying to wall off the encroaching ocean. Until recently, the thought of bowing to nature was almost unheard of.

But after futile attempts to curb coastal erosion — a problem expected to grow worse with rising seas fueled by global warming — there is growing acknowledgment that the sea is relentless and any line drawn in the sand is likely to eventually wash over.

‘I like to think of it as getting out of the way gracefully,’ said David Revell, a senior coastal scientist at ESA PWA, a San Francisco-based environmental consulting firm involved in Goleta and other planned retreat projects.”

7 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    June 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Rob,

    Did you actually read the report from the experts? Here is what they say at the beginning:

    “The intent of this report is to provide North Carolina’s planners and policy makers with a scientific assessment of the amount of SLR likely to occur in this century. The report does not attempt to predict a specific future rate or amount of rise because that level of accuracy is not considered to be attainable at this time. Rather, the report constrains the likely range of rise and recommends an amount of rise that should be adopted for policy development and planning purposes.”

    A specific future rate of rise is not predicted. It did state that historically the rate of rise has been measured at 2 mm/year (.08 inches/year). For the next 88 years that would result in a sea level increase of 7 inches.

    I’d like you to apologize to the NC Legislature for all the derogatory remarks when they have assumed a larger increase of 12 inches over what is expected per historical trends. The science panel did not say that the legislature should use a value of 39 inches of sea level rise.

    The extreme leftwing really should stick to the science and not stray into idealogical paths.

  2. Rob Schofield

    June 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    You are a very troubled, confused (and apparently not very busy) soul, my friend.

    The article I wrote covers the findings (and admitted limitations) of the Science Panel’s report.

    The only apologies necessary are from the legislators who would listen to pseudo-scientists rather than the real thing in service of the Tea Party agenda.

  3. Frank Burns

    June 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Rob,
    You are the one who is confused and won’t admit it. The NC legislature’s guidance falls in line with the expert recommendations.

    Where’s the beef? Again we have extreme leftwing idealogy not in agreement with science.

  4. Rob Schofield

    June 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Tell you what, Frank: Why don’t you call up the folks on the Science Panel and see what they think of NC-20 and the General Assembly’s efforts tell them what to do?

  5. david esmay

    June 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Rob, you’re asking Frank to confront reality, this the who uses the Heartland Institute as a scientific reference.

  6. Frank Burns

    June 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    David, I suggest you read the technical report as well.

  7. Alex

    June 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Whether the sea levels are going up or down is a ridiculous argument, because the idea that we can somehow alter global weather patterns in this country is nothing but pure rubbish.