Law Hastens North Carolina Hurricane Disaster

Law Hastens North Carolina Hurricane Disaster

Law hastens North Carolina hurricane disaster six years later.

The 2012 Republican law banned policies acknowledging that sea levels could rise by 39 inches.

Consequently no policies were developed trying to mitigate damages from such a prediction.

The legislation drew ridicule.

It included a mocking segment by comedian Stephen Colbert.

He said: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.”

The law was a classic case of see no evil, hear no evil.

Law Hastens North Carolina Hurricane Disaster

And today North Carolina will pay the price when Hurricane Florence will hit its shores.

Forecasts predict that Florence will deliver disaster for days to North Carolina.

Experts are likening Florence to delivering a Mike Tyson style punch that will wreck havoc on the region.

North Carolina has a long, low-lying coastline and is considered one of the US areas most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

And today even hurricanes have reached the political polarization level in the United States.

It’s Republicans versus Democrats.

Damon Linker, a journalist, writes in the British magazine, The Week:

For a Republican, a hurricane is an act of God. Storms happen. They kill people. If you live on the coast, it’s part of the baseline risk of life.

If you live in these places, you know what can happen. You can hope for luck or pray for divine protection. But in the end it’s out of your hands. There are no guarantees.

For a Democrat, the impending storm looks very different. Yes, bad things happen, but we need to mobilize the full power of the government to protect people before it hits and to help them recover after it’s gone. We’re a wealthy country. It’s the least we can do. But beyond that generosity, we need to look for evidence that the number and severity of storms is increasing over time.

Read more of Linker’s article.

 


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