To seem rather than to be: NC's Climate Change grade a farce

It looks good on paper:

The state has sector-specific programs and resources that address all five climate threats. The Strategic Plan for Addressing Health Impacts of Climate Change in North Carolina discusses the impact of extreme weather events, waterborne illnesses, and heat related illnesses on human health. Climate Ready North Carolina: Building a Resilient Future is a climate change adaptation plan that covers most hazards and sectors. It addresses projected changes in climate threats and their implications, as well as adaptation options.

The state has conducted a thorough sea level rise vulnerability assessment with detailed information on implications of potential sea level rise on North Carolina’s coast.

As to the two studies referenced, if you find even one of them in the General Assembly (with the exception of Pricey Harrison's desk), or anywhere in DEQ other than the back of a filing cabinet, I would be surprised. And of course we're all aware of the embarrassing fiasco surrounding the sea level rise assessment:

Kelly, a lobbyist for Realtors and homeowners in the Outer Banks discovered her property would be swamped, or so said the state government officials at the meeting. The attendees were shown maps, and told a website was being set up so that homeowners could check their addresses to see if their properties would end up underwater.

The 39-inch sea level rise forecast was “a death sentence,” Kelly said, “for ever trying to sell your house.” Kelly was furious at the prediction, and resolved to prove the forecasters wrong. And this moment was the start of what has been called the "nation's most notorious battle" over climate change.

North Carolina had to create a forecast that would only show sea level rise for the next 30 years, which, according to the 2011 forecast, would put the increase at about eight or nine inches. That would certainly look better to anyone thinking of buying property along the outer banks. It took until August of 2012 before the N.C. Legislature passed a compromise bill banning scientific predictions on sea level rise.

With all that in mind, here's the (new) story about NC's over-inflated good grades:

A report shows North Carolina is relatively well prepared to face the risks posed by extreme weather changes.

Media outlets report that the "States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card" gave the state a B+ overall for natural disaster preparedness. The report breaks down into five threat categories: extreme heat, drought, wildfires, and inland and coastal flooding.

The report is a collaboration of ICF International and Climate Central. It's designed to provide states a benchmark to assess risks and implement action plans to increase their preparedness levels.

And it's apparently a pointless exercise, if not in fact counterproductive. NC's current political leaders will do very little when facing a looming crisis, but if they believe everything's hunky-dorey? They will strip whatever funding still remains for Climate Change abatement and continue to pander to coastal hometicks.

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