Six years ago, North Carolina implemented a law banning studies into sea level rise. Now, the state is bracing for devastation at the hands of Hurricane Florence.
Coastal developers were inconvenienced by scientists’ predictions that sea levels around the low-lying North Carolina coastline could rise by 39 inches over the next century.
So they lobbied to have a law passed that would eliminate future inconveniences by banning further studies into rising sea levels. And it worked.
At least, in the short term. And only for their purposes.
But now, North Carolina is facing the consequences of that decision as Hurricane Florence pummels towards them, its devastating power supercharged by warming and rising seas.
Try as we might, we cannot legislate the future we desire.