Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Texas Removes Reference to Climate Change in Law Regulating Greenhouse Gases, Great Britain Is Not Amused.

Oh Texas, why can't I quit you?  You are a great state and who doesn't love your quirky style and
According to this USGS map, Texas' coastlines have very high
vulnerability to sea level rise due to global warming.  
unusual approach to life.  You've produced interesting people like Janis Joplin, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush, and Willie Nelson.  You have beautiful landscapes, and great cities, and you have contributed so much to American culture.  But today, dear Texas, you have not pleased Great Britain.

You recently passed a law that moves the regulation of greenhouse gases from the EPA to the state.  Check out this article about this action.  This is a pretty common event.  States can sometimes do better regulation than the feds can do since they are more intimate with the data and the sources of pollution.  But, in passing the law, your House or Representatives removed the term "climate change" from the law.

It is interesting that this is happening at this particular time.  The realities of the science of climate change are now accepted by the majority of Americans in both political parties.  The radical position is now to deny the existence of climate change.

But Texas, you have messed with something that you might not have wanted to mess with.  Representatives of Great Britain came to the Texas House to urge them to get serious about climate change (click here for story).  They noted that the US is the only major world power not to be a significant actor on the international stage on climate policy and that this lack of leadership is hurting the ability to deal with the serious economic and social impacts of global climate change.

But, Texas, you have dumped the tea from the ships and are not listening to the yammerings of the elitists from Exeter.  There is no such thing as climate change in the laws of Texas.

But all of Gulf Coast Texas is vulnerable to sea level rise according to something we call science.  The coastline is very flat and there is danger of inundation inland a considerable distance, thereby putting at risk major population centers.  Plus the state's major oil and chemical operations are concentrated near the coast.

Imagine what will happen as the sea rises and impacts are felt.  Shall we all remember collectively as a nation that there is no climate change in Texas?

1 comment:

Bookaholic said...

Very disconcerting and disappointing, but I'm afraid Texas is not the only one. Recently, I read a report on North Carolina's projections of sea level rise. In essence (and this is a rough paraphrasing), they refuse to include commonly accepted scientific projections of sea level rise. Instead, they rely on historical data, and have projected that same data for the future forecast. This denial will cost us immensely in a short while...