Thursday, May 31, 2012

NC legislature would like us to use bad science to magically ward off sea level rise. #Denialism

NC Considers Making Sea Level Rise Illegal | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

Scientific American
There is virtually universal agreement among scientists that the sea will probably rise a good meter or more before the end of the century, wreaking havoc in low-lying coastal counties. So the members of the developers’ lobbying group NC-20 say the sea will rise only 8 inches, because … because … well, SHUT UP, that’s because why. 
That is, the meter or so of sea level rise predicted for the NC Coastal Resources Commission by a state-appointed board of scientists is extremely inconvenient for counties along the coast. So the NC-20 types have decided that we can escape sea level rise – in North Carolina, anyhow – by making it against the law. Or making MEASURING it against the law, anyhow.
Typical. And when they've successfully stuck unprepared future generations with a bill for the damages, how much do you want to bet near-future Republicans'll blame Democrats for their bad policy then say the only way to fix it is be decreasing taxes on the wealthy and easing regulations on industry?

Is there a name for the psychopathology that compels grown-ass men to screw things up, blame others for their mistakes, then propose solutions specifically designed to exacerbate the problem in order to increase the concentration of wealth? Reaganitis? Bushatosis? Romnecrilia?

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