I happened to catch a piece of a show talking about how North Carolina voted in a bill that makes measuring the rising sea level, according to scientific projections, illegal. They have to keep measuring it the old way, despite the danger it might put people in. Weird.
Are you referring to this story
? If so, the problem has nothing to do with not knowing what science is. Whether the North Carolinian legislature knows what science is or not, this is a problem of cronyism.
Here's what's worrying the cronies: When people buy a beach-front house, the law requires them to buy flood insurance for it. So if the sea level rises in line with climate-science projections, the premiums on flood-insurance policies will be higher than if it doesn't, making beach-front houses a harder sell for developers. Against this background, North Carolina's Coastal Resources Commission determined that global warming will make North-Carolina sea levels rise by 39 inches. Apparently, the insurance premiums consistent with such a projection are unacceptable to North-Carolina developers. Hence, the Republican majority in the legislature barred their state from acting on this result, and the Democratic governor has not vetoed it. (Shame on both of them!)
So in my view, it looks as if these people know full well what science is. They just feel threatened by this particular scientific finding, so they're now forcing their officials to whistle past the graveyard. I don't think this is ignorance; I think it's corruption.