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.”