Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.
A controversy is churning over projections for sea-level rise through the end of this century and whether they should be used in drafting development policies along the coast today.
Draft legislation circulating among state lawmakers, lobbyists and advocacy groups would prohibit state and local government agencies from using projections of accelerated sea rise – due mainly to global warming and the melting of polar ice caps – when forming coasting development policies and regulations.
If enacted as written, the measure would require rates of sea-level rise to be determined using historical data “limited to the time period following the year 1900,” but not “scenarios of accelerated rates of sea level rise.”
It is a response to a controversial 2010 report by the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel on Coastal Hazards, which recommended that a sea-level rise of 39 inches, or 1 meter, be adopted as the amount of anticipated rise by the year 2100 for policy development and planning purposes. The report noted that there is consensus among scientists that the rate of rise will increase this century and beyond.
This report is a total fraud. The IPCC projects 7-24 inches of sea level rise.
The legislation, in effect, would ensure the findings of the report aren’t reflected in coastal management policies.
Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, who is pushing the proposal, said she wants to ensure that historical data, not projections, are used when estimating sea-level rise. She said she doesn’t believe the estimates from the science panel’s report.
Satellites show no sea level rise this century at North Carolina
h/t to Dave G