Date of Graduation

Fall 12-2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Environmental Studies

Number of Pages

32

First Advisor

Holly Ewing

Abstract

Climate change has become a movement that can no longer be rejected in the public sphere as a hoax or an insignificant scientific calculation. In 2011, the General Assembly of North Carolina reviewed a bill presented by State Senator Patricia McElraft and NC-20, an economic development group consisting of members from the 20 coastal counties, to limit the future study and research of sea level rise in the costal regions of North Carolina. By scrutinizing the legislative literature in the House Bill 819, I hope to expose the rhetorical language that is used to hide the actual objective of NC-20, being economic profit at the expense of the coastal environment.

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