Say it ain’t so North Carolina

August 22, 2012 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

An email from the AAAS arrived today. It pointed to an editorial written by Alan Leshner (AAAS CEO) and William Chameides (Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University) concerning a law recently enacted in North Carolina that prevents state planners from using scientific projections of sea-level rise in their planning documents (“N.C. Can’t Outlaw Global Climate Change“, 1 Aug 2012, News & Observer).

North Carolina has a long Atlantic coastline and some kind of planning for sea-level rise would seem prudent. While news reports say scientists estimate a rise of 3 feet by 2100, there is certainly considerable uncertainty in this estimate and it makes good sense for planners to balance costs against the likelihood of any future scenario. But whether the actual rise is two feet or four hardly matters if it is illegal to discuss the point. One wonders if the legislature’s next move will be to cancel weather forecasts.

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