The absurd “controversy” over sea-level rise continues

The latest chapter in the refusal by conservatives to consider the implications for the North Carolina coastline of the projected sea level rise comes from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

The Indy reports today that museum officials won’t allow a documentary on the subject to be shown at the museum’s Science Cafe.

The nonprofit group N.C. Coastal Federation had hoped to bring the film to the museum’s Science Café, a weekly discussion of science and technology issues, in January. It is scheduled to show at UNC-Wilmington and the N.C. Aquarium in January.

According to emails provided by the museum, director Emlyn Koster wrote that “we want to engage the public, marshal the progress of our unique learning-rich setting and take advantage of our collaborative network, rather than focusing on an hour-long film in a theater.

He added that the museum needs to “ensure an objective science-centered approach.”

Hmm.  A science-centered approach?

If you want to hear the truth about sea level rise and what it means for North Carolina, join NC Policy Watch next Wednesday for a Crucial Conversation luncheon with Dr. Robert S. Young, Professor of Geology and Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University



  1. NitWitCharmer

    November 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Should bad science be promulgated simply because it is purported to be science?

  2. GOP Rules

    November 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I can see their point. Since the issue is not really scientific the science musem is not an appropriate venue. This globalwarmingclimatechangesavethewhales issue is no longer relevant now that it is proving to be wrong…reference the last 17 years with no appreciable warming. What we need to be concerned about, as was the case in the 70’s, is cooling. Ice ages are a much more devastating time for mankind what with short growing seasons and glaciers in people’s backyads.

  3. Skeptic

    November 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    My guess is that Koster knows perfectly well it’s good science, but doesn’t want to pick a fight with legislators. A dust-up with them could jeopardize funding and cause an unwanted PR spectacle.

  4. NitWitCharmer

    November 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This was science in patina only…
    North Carolina Sea-Level Rise Assessment Report.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    November 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The controversy is absurd, there has been and will not be any significant sea level rise in our lifetime. This is something ginned up by the left wing climate change nuts.

  6. david esmay

    November 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I doog’s fractured personality is having a conversation with itself again.

  7. gregflynn

    November 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    About 6 inches in the last 30 years and about 6 inches in the next 30 years (not including acceleration) is about a foot in my lifetime – not insignificant. Your life expectancy may vary.

  8. geek49203

    November 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Of course, none of this identifies the REAL problem. Man-made global warming science was hijacked by those who found it the perfect vehicle to seize money and power — akin to Keynesian economics. If 100 cm of “man made” sea rise could be identified, then everything that is 100 cm (give or take) then becomes kinda sorta “ward of the government”, and a ton of money would then be needed to, uh, do something or other.

    It was an absurd power and money grab here in NC, followed by the usual nation-wide campaign to poke fun at the “Rubes” in NC — a tactic used before and since, most recently with the voting law changes.

  9. NitWitCharmer

    November 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Agreed, geek49303…

    The link I provided leads to a study, an incredibly readable one. Read it….

    Within it you will find that the Science Panel culled their date three times, each time choosing the most extreme data.

    The Science Panel first reduced their data by 99.7% . Then of the .3% of data that remained another 90% was simply ignored. Not only did the Science Panel dispense with most of their data, but in each culling event the most extreme data was retained from which to project the amount of sea level rise (SLR) that was likely to occur during the next 100 years off the coast of North Carolina.

    Pure crap.

  10. GOP Rules

    November 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Where is your documentation of the actual rise in what 40-50 years?

  11. GOP Rules

    November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    and I should obviously say, the actual data results. Not a left wing alarmist site. Just the facts ma’am.

  12. GOP Rules

    November 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Never mind…..greggy is again wrong. NOAA shows that of the stations in NC we experience and average of 2.826 millimeters of change per year. That is about 0.11 inches per year. Not a 6 inch per 30 year rate. And looking at the charts below, the change is basically flat for the past 10-15 years and most increases in the earlier part of the century. Also, take out the outlier of Duck, NC and you get 2.4 mm per year. Even less of a worry. Now you take into account that the sun has reduced output and a cooling event is likely on the way…….


  13. Alan

    November 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    And you folks on the right wonder why the rest of the world laughs at us and regards as as a bunch of stupid, ignorant rednecks…

    The only ‘debate’ on global warming is taking place on Faux News, funded by the fossil fuel industry, and believed by the most uninformed in society. Did I just say uninformed, perhaps what I really meant to say was deliberately minsinformed?

    I do believe their is still some debate on the scientific merits on the theory of gravity…. after all, if Faux Noise says it’s true, then it must be true? Tell me please, how old is planet earth? Did humans & dinosaurs coexist?

  14. GOP Rules

    November 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    You must not be following the issue much lately. Even the UN is finding that there is no warming happening, and is gaming the IPCC results. You sir(or madam) are the misinformed one. Maybe you should do a google search on the IPCC controversies on data falsification and get up to speed.

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