Carl Pope: The Second Coming of King Canute and the Fate of Conservatism
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
There has been a fair amount of snickering at the fact that the North Carolina legislature, prompted by an outcry from developers in coastal counties, passed legislation that would prohibit the state from basing coastal planning on the three-foot sea level rise anticipated by North Carolina's planners. Indeed, not only planning on the basis of the finding, but the finding itself, is to be stricken from the report of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission.
"What's proposed is just crazy for a state that used to be a leader in marine science," East Carolina University geologist Stan Riggs who studies the evolution of the coast told the Charlotte Observer. "You can't legislate the ocean, and you can't legislate storms."
The most common analogy has been to King Canute, who was alleged to have claimed that he could stop the tide. In fact, Canute showed his court the limits of a king's power by demonstrating that he could not stop the sea -- but his lesson has evidently been lo
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