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As Florence Threatens 'Catastrophic' Destruction, A Reminder That North Carolina Passed Law Mandating Climate Warnings Be Ignored


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As Florence Threatens 'Catastrophic' Destruction, A Reminder That North Carolina Passed Law Mandating Climate Warnings Be Ignored

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence made landfall on the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, bringing with it warnings of "catastrophic" floods and renewed scrutiny of legislation that actually bars state agencies from crafting policies based on climate science models that warn of devastating sea-level rise due to human-caused global warming.


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Florence is a criminal under North Carolina law. Just send the cops out to arrest her.


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As global warming continues, the additional energy in the atmosphere causes stronger winds and higher waves.

As the Arctic warms up faster than the rest of the world, the jet streams are getting more out of shape, exacerbating extreme weather events.


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…and put her behind some cyclone fencing.


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…and make South Carolina pay for it.


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Carolinas are as backwards. i.e, Conservative, as anywhere. But hurricanes go everywhere so let’s not kid ourselves like the fox fake news losers!


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Wait a minute! Under North Carolina law I thought Florence doesn’t exist, how can she be a criminal?


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Under the Clinton, W. Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, companies were allowed to build toxic coal ash ponds and hog e. coli ponds to “100 year” storm standards. The problem is, “100 year” standards are more like 10 year standards now.

The Netherlands builds their sea walls to weather a 10,000 year storm.

If Florence dumps 30 inches of rain on one of these toxic ponds, that pond wall shall be breached and the pollutants will be washed over to where humans can get sick from them. Then the company reads a script that says, “It was an act of God!” No, it was an act of manslaughter.


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Perfect design for the money-bags owners. Toxic pond emptied and then ready for the next refill.


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Until they start making better choices denizens of the Carolina coast looking for sympathy need to be told that they will find it in the dictionary somewhere between shit and syphillis.


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I feel like we should treat the shoreline the same way I feel we should treat the mountains. Its a nice place to visit but its not a place to live. The Cherokee would go high up in the mountains in the summertime for their summer camps. However, they’d go back down to lower elevations to their permanent villages in winter time. Look what happened to white settlers who moved up into the mountains. With the lack of resources in the mountains, many Appalachian people lived and continue to live in poverty. They shouldn’t be living there.


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Denying the facts has a huge price.

Bring back the 90% tax bracket.


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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Discontinue night baseball

Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Recycle maximally

Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Maximize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Promote limiting world population growth


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More than conservative; they’re third world countries.


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But they’ll do that while thumping their bahbles.


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Fantastic post! Limiting family size and stopping making behbies is number one! Never got the fertilizing of lawns thing , and the need to continue war so that rich nations can acquire more stuff.


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Living here in North Carolina we can go outside and look at the hurricane…we just can’t talk about it.

Shhhhhhhhhhhush…


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Yes! How about giving a tax credit to those who never had kiddies.


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Notice that most Third World Countries often have very SMALL governments. Usually an autocratic head of the army that owns and operates the state with the help of his family. Washington political economy policy and history is loaded with examples of our client states whose armies owned, operated and staffed the state government and institutions. See also under Crony Capitalism and its Cult of Personality doppleganger known as Crony Communism. Third Way between those crony-captured polarities very much in process and in play in EU and Scandinavian nation-states plus Finland where social safety nets have not made capitalism obsolete, merely smoothed out the inevitable booms and busts of innately irrational and herd-like market forces…

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Unfortunately those in dire need will rely on the US Coast Guard, National Guard, local cops, FEMA and other “socialist programs”. Yet, they will still bitch about the lack of Bounty Towels from their president. So where are those great capitalist icons our fascist government has endowed with power and wealth? Will Bill Gates (worth $99 Billion), Jeff Bezos (worth 90 Billion), Warren Buffett (worth 84 Billion) and David and Charles Koch (worth 120 Billion) step in and alleviate the misery and loss of property and life? Will they step in and clean up the toxic mess left over? Or will those retards in congress continue to throw money away into their miserable failed wars and throw money to support a reeking kitty litter box called israel? Frankly my dear, I don not give a damn about the Carolina’s.