I was just reading that the State of North Carolina has legislated to ban acknowledging rising sea levels due to global warming when considering coastal development within the state. So they’ll issue permits to build on places that may well end up submerged in a few more years, because to do otherwise would be to acknowledge that global warming is happening. Three words: Ostrich. Head. Sand.
Having recently seen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the wonderful Tim Minchin came to mind. He has a nice line on Americans defending their disbelief in evolution on the basis that it’s “only a theory” – so maybe they feel the same way about the theory of gravity and so they might just float away. In North Carolina they’re not going to be floating up, they’re going to be floating out into the Atlantic.