Wednesday, June 13, 2012

VA Lawmaker: "Sea Level Rise" Is A "Left WIng Term"

Concerned about rising sea levels on coastal Virginia, state lawmakers recommended an environmental impact study. There was a problem, though, and it had nothing to do with science or funding. It had to do with terminology. In order for the study to be approved by Republican lawmakers, "sea level rise" and "climate change" had to be removed from the text. Virginia tea party members also objected to the words. Republican State Delegate Chris Stolle (left) explained:

Now it appears that "climate change" and "sea level rise" are being phased out, in Virginia at least, amid political pressure from the far right. Emerging labels include "increased flooding risk," "coastal resiliency" and, of course, "recurrent flooding."

State Del. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, who insisted on changing the "sea level rise" study in the General Assembly to one on "recurrent flooding," said he wants to get political speech out of the mix altogether.

He said "sea level rise" is a "left-wing term" that conjures up animosities on the right. So why bring it into the equation?

"What people care about is the floodwater coming through their door," Stolle said. "Let's focus on that. Let's study that. So that's what I wanted us to call it."

1 comment:

Bobby said...

And if the Flood Water doesn't leave? What's it called then.