In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, editors at the Fayetteville Observer say state lawmakers would be wise to examine some of the damage left behind, and then reconsider a bill passed over the summer that bans the state from using the latest scientific data to predict how much the sea level will rise:
‘We saw waves rolling through Outer Banks neighborhoods, flood tides swallowing up the first stories of houses. We saw huge surf slamming into oceanside homes. And we saw, as we do so often, waves rolling across N.C. 12.
We hope members of the General Assembly saw those photos, so they could see what a light swipe looks like. It doesn’t take a direct hit to create havoc.
We wish lawmakers had looked at similar photos last spring, as they voted on a measure forcing coastal planners to ignore science as they make decisions about coastal development. Science says ocean levels are rising and flooding from coastal storms will get more severe. Sandy may be demonstrating that this week. But development may only be guided by historic data, not science, the law says.
That’s stupid. We’ve seen the evidence.’
(Image: NCDOT photo Kitty Hawk)