While hilariously funny in many ways, Colbert's comments expose a situation so pathetic that you have only two choices: laugh or cry. Listen up...
I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of my favorite quotes is this: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Politician and Diplomat).
It's obvious that the North Carolina state legislature is using its own facts AND its own opinion in passing this silly legislation. I mean, how can you do this!?
Passing this kind of legislation is the same as legislating whether you will allow the sun to come up tomorrow or whether you will allow a full moon next month. I guess, on the other hand, I suppose you can pass legislation on anything you want, including legislating the extent of sea level rise - in this case no more than 8" of sea level rise by 2100.
My question to the NC state legislature is this, "When sea level rise does exceed 8", which it almost certainly will, who are you going to arrest or fine or take other legal action against?"
There's a real brain-scratcher! You can't cite Nature. You can't cite the Ocean. You can't cite the Atmosphere. But the way things are going right now it's easy to guess what the response will be. They'll probably try to pin the blame on "that other" political party...
Like I said, it's enough to make you laugh or cry.
"THE WØRD"? If NC takes only this action, they will eventually have only two options, Sink or Swim!
But seriously, is there such a bill? And what does it say?
There is such a bill, and here's an excerpt from it:
The reason this is incredibly wacky is because all climate change and sea level rise models (and these models are based on historical data and current observable trends) show that sea levels almost certainly will not increase at a linear rate, but sea level will rise at progressively increasing rates.
So much for science, I guess...who needs science when you can pass a law?