Perdue green lights watered-down sea-level bill

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Submitted: Thu, 08/02/2012 - 3:18pm
Updated: Thu, 08/02/2012 - 3:20pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue has decided not to veto a bill that places a moratorium on using a state-sponsored science panel’s recommendation to plan for rising sea levels.

The bill becomes law as a result of her inaction.

The measure has been lampooned by comedians and has drawn the ire of environmentalists. It blocks the state from adopting any rate of sea level change for regulatory purposes until 2016, while authorizing more studies.

The science panel warned sea levels could rise by more than three feet by 2100 and threaten coastal areas.

A coastal development group rejected those findings and says the seas will only rise eight inches.

Perdue says she allowed the bill to become law because local governments can still create their own standards.

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  • FustratedTaxPayer says:

    All she has done has cost the tax payers money. She takes and somehow manages not to get anything of worth accomplished. She’s the reason we pay one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. Time to vote her out.

  • taxpayer says:

    “The bill becomes law as a result of her inaction.”

    “inaction”…a mainstay of her time in office.

  • MrT says:

    by all means let’s not vote for Bev this next time around?????
    I would suggest Walter Dalton!!!

  • taxpayer says:

    Smiley isn’t running for re-election. Therefore, there is no need to “vote her out.” The legislature, when run by the Democrats, is the reason we pay one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. At least it’s now capped.

  • B M says:

    then you sir are still part of NC’s problem, it’s time to hang the “Demo Rats” out to dry for the next 140 years and see if we can right this ship.

  • guesty says:

    The gas tax was previously capped and they knocked right through that and made what was supposed to be the ceiling the tax could go changed to the bottom it could fall.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The only good thing she has done in office is to decide not to run for re-election.

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