Title: Prohibits Calculating Sea Level Change Until 2016
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to adopt a conference report that prohibits the Coastal Resources Commission from calculating sea-level changes until 2016.
Prohibits the Coastal Resources Commission from calculating sea-level change for regulatory purposes until July 1, 2016 (Sec. 2).
Requires the Science Panel of the Coastal Resources Commission to include the following information, by March 31, 2015, in its “North Carolina Sea Level Rise Assessment Report” (Sec. 2):
A review and summary of peer-reviewed scientific literature that addresses data on global, regional, and North Carolina-specific sea-level change; and
The “assumptions and limitations” of predictive models used to calculate future sea-level rise.
Requires the Coastal Resources Commission to make the “North Carolina Sea Level Rise Assessment Report” available for public comments and a public hearing (Sec. 2).
Requires the Coastal Resources Commission to study the economic and environmental costs and benefits to the North Carolina coastal region from developing, or not developing, sea-level regulations and policies (Sec. 2).
Requires the Coastal Resources Commission to compare sea-level trends based on historical calculations to sea-level trends based on predictive models (Sec. 2).
Specifies that the provisions of this bill do not prohibit any county, municipality, or local government from defining rates of sea-level change for regulatory purposes (Sec. 2).
June 12, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Requirements for Calculating Sea Level Rise
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires the use of historical data to determine rates of sea-level rise, effective upon passage.
Requires the use of “statistically significant” peer reviewed historical rates of sea-level rise in predicting future rates of sea-level rise (Sec. 2).
Prohibits the inclusion of accelerated rates of sea-level rise in predictions unless the rates are consistent with historical trends (Sec. 2).
Specifies that only the Coastal Resources Commission is authorized to define rates of sea-level rise for regulatory purposes (Sec. 2).
Requires the rates of sea-level rise for ocean front and estuarine shorelines to be considered separately (Sec. 2).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.