SEA NO EVIL CONTEST: As the N.C. Senate prepares to vote on the infamous bill to outlaw scientific methods to measure sea-level rise, we offer the Sea No Evil Contest. List some of the other problems facing the state that you would like to see the Senate outlaw. Unemployment? No problem. Senators can simply pass a law requiring that the unemployment rate can only be calculated using historic employment figures from the 1950s. Air pollution? Easy. Pass a law requiring that pollution can only be measured by the sniff test. If you can’t smell it, it ain’t there. You get the idea.
We’ll shop the best suggestions to a state senator who we hope will offer them as amendments to the bill when the Senate votes on it. We’ll also throw some swag to the winners. T-shirts, free memberships. That sort of thing.
It seems pretty stupid to build adequate flood control when you're going to get a massive infusion of other people's money when there's a flood.
The area has historic geological issues. A meteor landed nearby 35 million years ago, creating the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater. And a downward-pressing glacial formation was created during the Ice Age. These ancient events are causing the land to sink, accounting for about one-third of the sea-level change, scientists say.
This geology is lost in local meetings, where distrust of the local and federal governments is at center stage.
When planners redesignated property as a future flood zone, activists said officials were acting on a hoax. They argued in meetings and on Web sites that local planners are unwitting agents of Agenda 21, a United Nations environmental action plan adopted in 1992 that the activists see as a shadowy global conspiracy to grab land and redistribute wealth in the United States.
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