Ethon was scanning the law books for the strangest laws when the Birdie came across a new one that has been proposed in North Carolina. It seems that some are concerned with a new expert report prepared for the Coastal Resources Commission that forecast a one meter rise by
A one meter (39 inch rise) is considered likely in that it only requires that the linear relationship between temperature and sea level that was noted in the 20th century remains valid for the 21st century (Rahmstorf, 2007). This level of rise is consistently encapsulated within all of the projections reviewed, and is not located at the upper or lower extremes of the projections. Given the range of possible rise scenarios and their associated levels of plausibility, the Science Panel recommends that a rise of 1 meter (39 inches) be adopted as the amount of anticipated rise byFiretree has a mapping tool which allows bunnies to visualize what a 1 meter rise would do and more
20102100, for policy development and planning purposes.
A coastal economic development group, NC-20, was not exactly happy with this and located a tame physicist associated with the American Traditions Institute to dump upon it, John Droz, whose main thing appears to be dumping on wind power, but as is usual with these types can be relied upon to provide the needed cover. Just like some of Eli's friends, Lomborg, Pielke, Kloor to name a few Droz advertises himself as a former environmentalist. Droz has a Masters Degree in condensed matter physics from Syracuse and worked as an industrial physicist years ago, but has never published in the literature on climate. He was happy to oblige.
They managed to get the Coastal Resources Commission to ignore its own science panel. Eli would like to ask the members of the science panel why they are still members, but that is not the end of it. A member of the NC legislature has introduced a bill
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 sea-level rise may be extrapolated linearly to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea-level rise. Rates of sea-level rise shall not be one rate for the entire coast but, rather, the Division shall consider separately oceanfront and estuarine shorelines.It is important to recognize that building codes and regulations are arbitrary. It would be prudent to base them on the best science as recommended by the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission's Science Panel on Coastal Hazards but if local and state legislators decide to spin the climate dice that is their right. If they are wrong it will be much more expensive than dealing with the problem now, but they can do it and builders can always exceed the state minimums and advertise based on that.
However, they will not have the last word because there are the issues of insurance and bonds. Anything built under the NC-20 standard that does not meet the one meter standard is going to have problems with the financial and insurance industries which already have this on its radar.