Reality is such a nuissance

Turns out that politicians in North Carolina have told scientists how to do their science.  It’s not good.  Michaelyn has the full scoop.

The gist of it is this: scientists have predicted a one meter sea level rise by 2100.  Some are saying that the worst case scenario could be between 5 to 7 feet.  This is important, because North Carolina is a coastal state, and this rise in sea level will affect areas nearest to the sea.

But, no need to worry or plan ahead. A few people have decided to rewrite how science works.  They want to literally mandate the procedure scientists use to predict the sea level rise over time. In the bill, it is stated that, “These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of seas-level rise may be extrapolated linearly.” From what I’ve read, their new way of doing science would only predict about an 8 inch rise.

Go check out the full piece.  She nails it.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Snowshoe the Canuck

    Someone in NC must realize that the 8 inch rise is vertical, not 8 inches along a gently sloping sandy beach, right?

    And that it s only a prediction?

    Oh wait. Sorry, I forgot that any prediction made by a Big Business rethugican is 100% accurate.

  • ‘Tis Himself

    Reality is such a nuissance

    Apparently so is spelling.

  • 24fps

    Apparently they’ve never heard the tale of King Canute, who was unable to command the tides.


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