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Protesters say NC sea level bill ignores science

Posted June 26, 2012

— As lawmakers work on another version of a bill that controls how North Carolina prepares for climate change along the coast, protesters on Tuesday urged them not to ignore science in the process.

Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, says a committee has almost finished reworking a Senate bill that the House unanimously rejected last week.

The new version calls for more study on how much the sea level is expected to rise by 2100. McElraft says the new version will not include a projection by scientists that the increase could be more than 3 feet, nor will it limit the state to using only historical data in calculating future trends.

"We are asking for more science. We are asking for legitimate science, science that didn't use just one model out of hundreds of models," McElraft said.

The bill could determine how much development is allowed and affect insurance rates on the coast.

Protesters presented the signatures of more than 3,000 people who want lawmakers to use the scientists' estimates and not turn their backs on warnings.

"It's going to cost us much more in the end if we don't make the proper precautions now," said Cristina Benavides, a student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Sea level bill protest Sponsor says sea level bill will balance economy, ecology

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a study that shows the East Coast from Cape Hatteras to Boston has already seen a sea level rise three to four times higher than most of the world in the past 20 years.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous that our leaders are telling us to ignore reality, ignore evidence and embrace some illusion in order to help real estate developers make a little more money," said Nancy Sharp, a Wilmington resident.

McElraft said she believes the state shouldn't overreact to scientific predictions.

"I am protecting the economy of the coast of North Carolina as well as the ecology," she said.

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  • noonehere45 Jul 5, 9:19 a.m.

    Next the republicans are going to pass a law saying that Pi is 3.0 because doing math with 3.14159265 may impact the quarterly real estate profits. This will be followed by a law saying that a 10 pound brick falls faster than a 5 pound brick because obviously all of those scientist know nothing about reality. That will be followed by a law stating that the earth is flat.

  • BigBangTheorist Jun 27, 2:50 p.m.

    It's shallower off the Southeast not the Northeast. By your conclusion the Southeast coast would see the change faster.

    Try looking at a seafloor topographical map before making such misrepresentative statements.

    goobnav

    No it isn't. And the shallow portion near the shore of the Eastern US clearly shows that it reaches further from shore in the northeast, down to the Outer Banks. I provided a link to a pretty colored map that clearly shows my point. Maybe you should do your own research before chastising others.

    http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/image/2minsurface/1350/45N090W.jpg

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 2:29 p.m.

    I have provided a link, those who really want the science explained can go to it, read and search out other answers. Doubt any will though.

  • goobnav Jun 27, 2:28 p.m.

    Big Bang,

    It's shallower off the Southeast not the Northeast. By your conclusion the Southeast coast would see the change faster.

    Try looking at a seafloor topographical map before making such misrepresentative statements.

  • BigBangTheorist Jun 27, 12:41 p.m.

    Please explain the science behind it only rising faster on certain parts of the east coast and not the entire east coast. Why not on the corresponding west coast of Africa? Why not else where on the same longitude around the world?

    There was a point when they thought that the waters levels were dropping in Lake Michigan. They found out that the earth was still sinking below it, due to the weight of the water.

    JustAName

    Maybe because that part of the Atlantic Ocean is shallower there than elsewhere. It would be more noticeable if that is the case.

  • JustAName Jun 27, 12:37 p.m.

    "the fact that the sea level is rising a bit faster on the east coast than elsewhere" - Scubagirl

    Please explain the science behind it only rising faster on certain parts of the east coast and not the entire east coast. Why not on the corresponding west coast of Africa? Why not else where on the same longitude around the world?

    There was a point when they thought that the waters levels were dropping in Lake Michigan. They found out that the earth was still sinking below it, due to the weight of the water.

  • goobnav Jun 27, 12:23 p.m.

    Here is a better one for you:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2011/11/23/climategate-2-0-new-e-mails-rock-the-global-warming-debate/

    Proof of a political "cause" with no conclusive data. What next? The government knows what's best for the people, yeah, just take the "rose" colored glasses off and see reality.

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 11:40 a.m.

    "You read and comprehend what you want to believe

    Return of Finz"

    hahaha, There are quite a few respected publications that concur with the fact that the sea level is rising a bit faster on the east coast than elsewhere but it IS rising everywhere. But you are certainly showing that you read/believe what YOU want.

  • sixnitepkg Jun 27, 11:39 a.m.

    simple truth of the matter: The GOP does not want any evidence that could possibly prevent them from making us pay for their multi-million $$ beach homes when they get washed away...here's what should be done... build a huge house on a SANDBAR at your own risk, and insurance companies should assume the risk if they choose to insure said house!! my insurance rate jump because of Irene ($150/month and I live HUNDREDS of miles inland)is NOTHING more than a GOP forced BAILOUT of insurnce executives who were dimwitted enough to insure homes built on a SANDBAR! If you'd care for a quick example - go build a sand castle at low tide, build it right at the high tide mark... go look at it the next morning... it's gone! KEEP IT UP GOP...soon you can buy the majority of homes at forclosure rates, but hey then you can rent them back to us and get EVEN RICHER!! see the pattern anyone? we pay them to take our homes and then we pay them for a place to live... attention America... the GOP has declared

  • Scubagirl Jun 27, 11:36 a.m.

    Just ONE article I found, there are many should one choose to search.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/06/120625-sea-level-rise-east-coast-us-science-nature-climate-change/

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