Virginia Lawmaker: 'Sea Level Rise' Is 'Left-Wing Term' GOP Del. Chris Stolle gets 'liberal' terms excised from study By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Jun 11, 2012 5:13 PM CDT 81 comments Comments House speaker William Howell, right, talks with Del. Christopher Stolle, second from right, and other GOP lawmakers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, earlier this year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Newser) – Virginia lawmakers will study the dangers of sea level rise provided one phrase is never uttered: "sea level rise." Republican state lawmakers agreed to commission a study on the phenomenon as long as "left-wing" terms like "sea level rise" and "climate change" were removed. Democrats, wanting the study approved, agreed on the non-partisan phrase "recurrent flooding," National Memo reports. Virginia is prone to flooding, and scientists say the state's sea level will rise by 2 or 3 feet over the next century. "So, whatever we have to call it, I've got no problem with that," an oceanographer tells the Virginian-Pilot. "What's the alternative? Do nothing?" Republican Del. Chris Stolle says he prefers the "flooding" term because that's what concerns Virginia residents: "Let's study that. So that's what I wanted us to call it."