By Henry Decker

TODAY IN STUPID: Virginia Lawmaker Calls ‘Sea Level Rise’ A ‘Left Wing Term’

June 11, 2012 11:49 am Category: Memo Pad 24 Comments A+ / A-

The Virginia legislature has excised the words “sea level rise” from a study on the impact of climate change, because it is apparently a “left wing term.”

State lawmakers wanted to commission a study on rising sea levels, given that Virginia is highly vulnerable to flooding, and that scientists predict that Virginia’s sea level will rise by two to three feet in the next 100 years. Republicans in the state legislature agreed — as long as “liberal code words” like “sea level rise” and “climate change” were left out of the proposal:

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?

Stolle seems to believe, as comedian Stephen Colbert famously put it, that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.”

Democratic State Senator Ralph Northam, who co-sponsored the study, told the The Virginian-Pilot that Stolle threatened that the study “would end up in the circular file” unless the phrase “sea level rise” was removed.

So Northam and other Democrats agreed amend the proposal, believing that the study was more important than the language used to describe it. The Virginia Institute of Marine Scienece is currently leading the research, with results due by the end of the year.

Still, as Democratic State Delegate Kenneth Alexander told The Virginian-Pilot, “I question whether we’re doing the public a disservice by not telling it the way it is.”

The move to censor scientific language on climate change is reminiscent of North Carolina Republicans’ recent plan to essentially ban the scientific method. Virginia is at least acknowledging that climate change is happening — they just refuse to label it as such.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D5HPWVIJUUCDCQIWUV636LNM4A Elsa

    How stupid can you get. Do these people have any education at all?

    • CPANY

      Elsa:

      You’re dealing with rednecks and the answer to your question is a resounding no. While Virginia ia probably the leading ex-Confederate state for education, it’s still part of the South, which seems to harbor an anti-intellectual bias.

      People in Florida who have a decent amount of money send their children to private schools because the public school system is poor. The Florida public school districts pay their teachers poorly, so they have trouble attracting the best teachers. The Southern emphasis is on low property taxes, which is a goal achievable through low public spending.

      In this world, you get what you pay for, if you’re lucky and diligent.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    It’s disturbing seeing such anti-science and anti-intellectual nonsense coming the mouths of election officials. Unfortunately, such ignorance and fear of science is fashionable in American today. Instead of trying to grasp the basic and simple physics of the science, these ignorant leaders hide and shield their intellect from reality and disturbing facts.

    Fear and misunderstanding of the basic physics adds nothing in discussions relating to potential threats. It is clearly way past time to accept scientific truths and put aside political ideology. We can’t continue to concede intellect in favor of folly. These gentlement, and I use that term loosely, showing such fear of ‘words’ are representative of a larger problem. If we allow such nonsense being passed off as legitimate dialog to continue we do so at our own peril.

    • CPANY

      Lynda:

      Please see my reply to Elsa. Poor educational standards are generally found in impoverished areas, so we shouldn’t expect much from the South. Your reference to “anti-intellectual nonsense” is right on target.

      The South, with its redneck “traditions,” is about as ignorant as you can get in the United States. The “L’il Abner” comic strip wasn’t as much of an exaggeration as one brought up outside of the South might think.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BBND46HUGHTBWBS22IIKHO5SIA kevin

    When you get to the l0cal tea party members in state government that is where the most stupid things you will ever hear come from.

  • William Deutschlander

    Them there GOPers and Republicrats got the idea if you say there ain’t no such thing seven times it is TRUE! It is just like their beleif that if you tell the same lie seven times it is TRUE!
    You ain’t gonna change them BIGOTS!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

      Absolutely correct!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G6JSPMM3KBW7T3A63F4ZWOWNBY Sir William The Paladin

    Unlike the rest of the planet there is no sea level rise in Virginia. On the contrary, Virginia is just sinking.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATWBFZDJ4ZDX66YX4EZBA4AFZQ dana

    The biggest problem this country has is the idiots who are in charge. This is such an important topic and yet nothing is getting done due to the stupidity of our representatives.

  • karinursula

    I wonder what the think of next? Next they tell us their is no weather period

  • howa4x

    This is like the intellectual civil war with the south taking the stupid side. While we all know that the upper east coast and the west coast are where the intellectual elites live, I always thought that Virgina had promise to join that company of states. That was until the republicans took over with their anti intellectual, and womens rights bias. They are trying to turn back the clock, by banning scientific terms just like Tennessee did with evolution during the Scopes trial. Alabama and Missippi are already the laughing stock of the educational world with their continual low test scores, and now South Carolina and Virgina are trying to catch up on the science side. Maybe they will ban it from text books.
    The reality is, these states are up the butt of big real estate interests and don’t want to hurt sales by even mentioning sea level rise, since nothing scares a potential beach front buyer than those words. It is more about corruption than anything else, but they show up as being stupid.
    That is why republicans don’t want to mention climate change because the south has some of the oldest coal plants in the country and they don’t want to hurt the energy interests in the states. It dosen’t matter that these plants are spewing mercury laden smoke onto their people and by building taller stacks sending some of it to the northeast. Down there they act like they did in the 50′s when people didn’t know about enviornmental dangers. Now they just do magical thinking.
    It’s amazing that the people in the north and west care more about the health of the children than their own representives. Well the south will surly win the race backwards.
    Too bad for it’s citizens!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CXWI3WV6RJLMTGFVG62GXF55EI Sam

      ” Well, we were champions of college baseball out in Omaha the last two years. And you just wait to Coach Spurrier gets it going ! ” (Typical answer of average South Carolina ‘Republic’ to charges of his peoples’ intellectual inferiority)

  • bluemax1966

    The stupidity of this article is what this election is all about. Romney says that we don’t need teachers, and this article shows what happens when we don’t need teachers. Anything that does not fit the GOP taught progandanda machine, anything is a Left Wing conspiracy.

    If they told kids that it is patriotic to drink oil from an oil well, kids from the South would be lining up for miles to do just that. Better to be an american, than to save the land you stand on. Better to make other people who don’t care about you rich, rather than to do what is right to save yourself.

    If the GOP had their way, it would tell kids that smoking cigarettes would be a patriotic thing to do!

    Apparently the GOP feels that kids don’t need an education, and it will probably appoint Pink Floyd as their Secretary of Education!

  • Landsende

    If you check you will probably find that the Koch brothers are behind this legislation. They have been fined numerous times by the EPA and OSHA for violations at their oil refineries and other pollution spewing industries and want to do away with these agencies. They are behind the teapublicans denying there’s climate change because then they can continue to spew their poisons into the atmosphere while we experience more heat waves, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes. With the money they have poured into the super pacs for the teapublicans, they see it as an investment for the status quo. If they succeed we will continue to experience more destructive weather while they get richer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CXWI3WV6RJLMTGFVG62GXF55EI Sam

    It’s because most ‘Republics’ trace their roots back to King Canute (lol).

    • DurdyDawg

      I think you posters are being to harsh concerning the Pubs (keep up the good work!).

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/CXWI3WV6RJLMTGFVG62GXF55EI Sam

    A lot of ‘Republics’ hadn’t gotten over their ‘Tooth Fairy disappointment’. You need to have something to fall back on.

  • alumahead

    Fancy liberal terms only confuse the opposition. From now on Climate Change will be referred to as Clem and weather will be called Bob.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QZOLTTTPLTLGELEYLKM7HUJPSU Davekzy1

    All republicans are OIL SOAKED with oil money and will say whatever the oil billionaires want them to say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ford-Truck/100003735221640 Ford Truck

    Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he also thinks Republicans are stupid asses!!

  • DurdyDawg

    If Pubs are ‘stupid asses’ (and I don’t argue the charge) then Dems are the most cowardly yokels in g’ment to allow these bullies to dictate the wordings of something as serious as this issue.. So, within a period of years it all happens, what then? Will the Pubs agree that, “Guess it was rising sea levels brought on by climate change”.. THEN they’ll tell everybody they’ve been saying that for the last hundred years, “But the libs insisted on calling it recurrent flooding”.. And of course the jello backed Dems will let them have their way.. AGAIN!! Get out there you spineless dolts and stand your ground just like the bullies are doing but don’t just make it a ‘tug of war’ instead, let the people you serve know why your doing it, with facts to back you up.. That’s the only way the political arena will be forced into mutual compromise.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Blunt-Ltp/100003222459644 Joe Blunt Ltp

    GOP: do these rose colored glasses make me look more thin?

  • http://twitter.com/gabolific Gabz Asuncion

    I always thought no one would be worse than Filipino politicians. And here’s one from the country where we learned how to be stupid. :D

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