NC Senate approves sea level calculation bill

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Submitted: Tue, 06/12/2012 - 9:20pm
Updated: Tue, 06/12/2012 - 9:22pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that ignores scientists’ warnings of rising sea levels.

Senators approved the bill on a 34-to-11 vote Tuesday. The measure received little fanfare and no senators spoke in opposition to the measure.

The bill now goes back to the House for a vote.

A state-appointed science panel has warned sea levels could rise by more than three feet by 2100 and threaten more than 2,000 square miles of coastal land.

A coastal development group disputes the scientists’ findings and says the state should prepare for an eight-inch increase instead. The developers say stricter regulations would harm the coastal economy.

The bill has thrust the legislature into the national spotlight and was recently mocked by comedian Stephen Colbert.

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  • Guest123456789 says:

    Now this, this makes us look like Mississippi!

  • SeaLevel X says:

    We don’t look like Mississippi. This is a complete rip-off that these global warming idiots tried to pull. Sea level is not gonna rise chicken little. You can melt all the glaciers you want. Ice displaces more water than the actual liquid volume. Sea level will go down when glaciers melt.

    I live at the ocean edge and I’m not worried one bit that the level is going to rise from where it is now. People are just trying to get more insurance money from new flood zone maps.

  • Vog46 says:

    What people seem to forget is that it matters NOT what the legislature feels, nor the scientists.
    Building on the coast will be impacted mainly by insurance and how the insurance companies view rising ocean levels. If they suspect that it will be ever more costly to replace beachfront homes the insurance rates will rise which will have the same impact on coastal development that the scientific projections did.

    Best Regards

  • cintrek says:

    Of course developers know more then scientists. Not, it’s all about the money & who cares about the environment. They figure they won’t be alive so it won’t matter to them. Let the future children deal with the mess we’ve made & make harder for the future.

  • JezebelJean says:

    Sandbags, terminal groins, never-ending and increasingly expensive beach renourishment, constant repairing of washed-out roads, higher homeowners’ insurance, increased taxes to pay for it all—–nothing to hurt the coastal economy there. Just keep those developers and realtors happy.

  • Who Cares says:

    I will have been dead for 20+ years by then. I don’t have kids either so let the ocean rise to meet I-440 in RTP for all I care.

  • guesty says:

    I’ll finally be able to sell my ocean front property in Burgaw.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Of course sea levels will change as well as volcanos will erupt and earthquakes will happen and forrest size will channge. Lakes and ponds will vanish and others will appear. Species of plants and animals will continue to become extinct as others are discovered. This is Earth, an ever evolving planet. Somethings just should not be legislated and nature is one of them…….

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest7969 says:

    this is silly. The increase in sea level may/may not ever happen…but to pass this type of law is just silly!

    The problem is..we think we’re smart…when in the grand scheme of things..we don’t know SQUAT…wanna know what the latest explanation of the Big Bang is, because we can’t explain it…..our galaxy exists in a BLACK HOLE… read that correctly….

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