The Sky is Falling – Again

DSC02129 ACORNS used sea level

He’s struck again – the sheep in wolf’s clothing got hit on the head with another acorn.  The sky is surely falling, or is that the ocean rising. “(CNN)Scientists have modeled a history of the planet’s sea levels spanning back 3,000 years, and concluded that the rate of increase last century “was extremely likely faster than during any of the 27 previous centuries.” That was the gist of a short blurb on several news channels this morning.

27 centuries takes us back to about 700 BCE and makes you wonder if the IPCC (U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is researching Genesis for some correlation with Noah.

Author of this new flash is Bob Kopp, a professor at Rutgers University who describes himself as an “energy policy wonk”. For those who wonder what “wonk” is, a dictionary definition offers,
“1. a student who spends much time studying and has little or no social life; grind.
2. a stupid, boring or unattractive person.
3. a person who  studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous and thorough manner.”

Who can forget the dramatic scene in Al Goracle’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” when he uses a man lift to raise him up 17 feet to illustrate the projected sea level rise. This sea level business is an old canard that they trot out in rotation with other made-up “science” tidbits to remind us of how evil a species we are for roasting our planet like a marshmallow.

From,  we have a graph comparing different versions of the “problem”.

Sea Level Rise

The actual sea level rise over the last eighteen years is 1.85 inches, which works out to 10.4 inches per century. This is similar to the 20th century’s rise of 8 inches, but much less than the average rise of 4 feet per century for the last 10,000 years as glaciers left by the last ice age continue to melt.

Some of the sea level gages used to provide “data” for the IPCC are known to be on land that is subsiding.

From we learn from a piece by John O’Sullivan that NASA approved adding 0.3 mm to their sea level figures to compensate for rising land levels after the last ice age.  For the non-metric brains, this is one, one hundredths of an inch which accumulated over 100 years would be somewhere short of a tsunami.  What it does do, however, is provide “data” for the finger wagging experts who want to prosecute “deniers”.

This climate change stuff gets stranger and stranger.  Bob, you need to get out more.

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