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Earlier this week I wrote a column about the downright mean and nasty way that conservatives in the General Assembly are governing our state these days. Over and over during the last 18 months, the people in power have displayed an utter contempt for process and the right of people who differ with them to be heard.

Today, another sad chapter in this story of aggressive know-nothingism was written in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources. It occurred during a discussion of the embarrassing bill advanced by global warming deniers that would attempt to tell scientists which data they can and cannot use to make projections about sea-level rise — an issue that could well impact the very survival of our species.

After spending all of about 10 minutes on the bill, Read More

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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: Read More