Target: Thom Tillis, North Carolina Speaker of the House, and Phil Berger, North Carolina President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Goal: Don’t allow state land developers to use outdated information when estimating sea level projections.
There is currently a proposed bill in North Carolina legislature that would allow state land developers to use sea level information from 1900 to estimate a linear rise in sea level for future building projects. This ignores the fact that sea level has risen at a much higher rate more recently in history, which is likely due to global warming.
The short-term profit to be gained from these projects is not worth the resulting damage down the road. When sea levels rise more than estimated with this old information, the buildings will be damaged and the North Carolina government will be left to repair, replace, or relocate them using taxpayer money.
Ignoring the influence of global warning for short-term profit is both bad science and shortsighted planning. North Carolina legislators should put the interests of its taxpayers before its own immediate gains. By signing the petition below, you will ask North Carolina Representatives to use sound science in their future land development issues, not century-old figures.
Dear Representative Tillis and Senator Berger,
The current bill stating that North Carolina state land developers can use outdated information to project a linear estimate of sea level measurements is not scientifically sound and will result in significant damage down the road.
Whether or not global warming is the cause of sharper sea level rises in recent history, the science backing up the existence of higher rates of increase is solid. To intentionally use century-old information on this topic is to be willfully ignorant of documented scientific trends.
Ignoring new sea level projections could very likely result in significant damage to buildings constructed near the coast. The state’s development plans for the coast may benefit in the short-term from outdated estimates, but the long-term damage would not be fair to the taxpayers on whose shoulders the cost would fall.
Please use up-to-date science when considering sea level measurements for future land development. Eliminate or amend the proposed bill suggesting the use of sea levels from 1900—it is not responsible or scientifically sound.
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