North Carolina and the idea that the state can ignore scientific projections of sea-level rise wound up as the subject of mockery on The Colbert Report on Monday.
A coastal economic development group is fighting scientists' predictions of a 1-meter rise by 2100. Republican legislators are circulating a bill that says sea-level calculations should be based only on historic trends, not the faster rise scientists predict as a result of climate change.
Stephen Colbert describes it this way: "I think this is a brilliant solution. If your science gives you a result that you don't like, pass a law saying that the result is illegal. Problem solved."