LA Times to N.C. legislature: Get your head out of the sand

There was an editorial yesterday from way over on the other coast in regards to Sandy’s wrath on the Outer Banks this weekend, and the N.C. State legislature’s move earlier this year to coastal business interests and outlaw recognition of  rising sea levels at the coast.

A snippet from the Los Angeles Times‘ piece:

Here’s a little something for North Carolina lawmakers to chew on: $50 billion.

That’s the new estimate of how much damage super storm Sandy caused to the East Coast.

And as an L.A. Times editorial outlined Thursday, Sandy may well be a precursor to many such events, exacerbated by climate change.

But North Carolina doesn’t really have to worry on that front, because last summer its Legislature passed — and its governor allowed to become law — a bill that in essence denies climate change.

It’s worth reading the whole editorial.

Here’s a video as well from a Hatteras Island resident of what Sandy left behind on the Outer Banks.

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6 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Message to the Los Angelos Times from North Carolina: Keep your nose out of our business and what is your scientific basis for declaring that Hurricane Sandy was caused by global warming? Answer there is no scientific basis for that claim. In North Carolina, we prefer to stick to the science not made up stuff.

    There is much scientific disagreement among climate scientists regarding the feedbacks from the clouds resulting from CO2 emissions. Why should NC spend a lot of money and effort on an unproven theory that CO2 emissions results in magnified ice melts and thus increased sea levels when the actual data shows minimal sea level growth? Is it more scientific to believe an unproven model or the data?

    The citizens of NC prefer to go with the actual data not the unproven models.

  2. david esmay

    November 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Message to Frank from Los Angeles Times; first spell our name correctly, second, go back to your cave.

  3. Jack

    November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Yeah, we don’t believe in climate change here in NC. We believe in real important stuff like intelligent design, the right to deny a woman the freedom to decide what to do with her own body and our right to constitutionally deny same sex marriage, separate but equal and in the future we hope to suppress voting so much that only those deems “worthy” will be able to vote.

    You have the nerve to say we have our head in the sand. I totally disagree. We may have our head up our but* but certainly not in the sand.

    Any way, you guys on the left coast just mind your own business. What right do you have, other than your constitutional right to free speech, to speak up and make comments about us here in North Carolina? Keep your nose out of our business – we’re trying to live in the 19th Century here.

  4. Frank Burns

    November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Followup message to LA Times: Tell Gov Moonbeam that your state’s anti carbon and anti business policies are not NC’s concern. We’ll take all those industries that y’all are running out of your state.

  5. Bill W

    November 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    But Frank, we just have too many regulations for any of those businesses to show up on NC’s doorstep – although you cannot convince Site Selection magazine of that – since they constantly rank us in the top 3 places to do business.

  6. Frank Burns

    November 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Bill, if that claim were true, we would be swimming with new jobs. Apparantly Site Selection magazine and actual businesses are not in agreement.