Worried About Climate Change? Change The Forecast
The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a popular summer resort. Recently they got some bad news:
The dangers of climate change were revealed to Willo Kelly in a government conference room in the summer of 2011. By the end of the century, state officials said, the ocean would be 39 inches higher and her home on the Outer Banks would be swamped.
Ms. Kelly came up with a creative solution (and no, it didn’t involve lobbying for a carbon tax):
Coastal residents joined forces with climate skeptics to attack the science of global warming and persuade North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature to deep-six the 39-inch projection, which had been advanced under the outgoing Democratic governor. Now, the state is working on a new forecast that will look only 30 years out and therefore show the seas rising by no more than eight inches.
I’d say this is burying your head in the sand, except there doesn’t seem like there will be enough sand left to bury one’s head in before too long.