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The Seas Are Rising, The Seas Are Rising

Posted by Max Barron on April 20, 2009

Dr. Steven Chu, Energy Secretary

Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu

Rev. Al Gore, Reverend of the Church of Global Warming, has a protege in Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  Both are Nobel Prize winners, and both are Chicken Littles.  Dr. Chu took a page out of the Goreacle’s bible or perhaps a scene from “An Inconvenient Truth” when speaking this weekend at the Summit of Americas.  Shortly after meeting with environmentalists at the summit Dr. Chu donned his Chicken Little hat and commenced to assert that the seas are rising, the seas are rising!

Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, Dr. Chu stated emphatically that the most dire of theoretical consequences of “global warming” are a reality.  He stated it as fact and not theory.  After stating that global temperatures have risen 0.8 degrees Centigrade and that they are likely to rise another 1 degree Centigrade, he took it up a notch.

“there’s a reasonable probability we can go above 4 degrees Centigrade to 5 and 6 more.”

Despite all of the current evidence that suggests that the climate is undergoing a cooling period, and the decrease in solar flare activity, that the Earth’s temperature is rising.  I’m no scientist, but it seems a little odd to have record cold temperatures while the global temperature is rising.

“So imagine a world 6 degrees warmer. It’s not going to recognize geographical boundaries. It’s not going to recognize anything. So agriculture regions today will be wiped out,”

One can’t help but ask the question: “Is this based on some computer model, already proven unreliable and inaccurate, or is there some empirical evidence?”  Dr. Chu, a noted physicist, should know better than to use unreliable computer models for evidence.  He’s a scientist.  Scientists use hard data and empirical evidence, not computer projections.  Shame on you, Dr. Chu, shame on you.  Of course, he didn’t stop there.

“I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes. This is something that is very, very scary to all of us. The island states in the world represent — I remember this number — one-half of 1 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. And they will — some of them will disappear,”

THE SEAS ARE RISING, THE SEAS ARE RISING!!  Perhaps if Dr. Chu spent more time researching and gathering evidence and less time in pews of Rev. Gore’s church he’d know that hurricane activity in the island states has actually DECREASED.  In fact hurricane activity has decreased in both hemispheres according to hurricane experts with MIT and NOAA.  Dr. Chu would also know that for seas to rise, the polar ice caps have to melt.  Recent data has shown, empirically, that the Antarctic ice shelf is actually gaining ice. It is also important to note that whereas the islands may represent 0.5% of carbon emissions in the world, water vapor and breathing represent 90%.

“Let me state what the official IPCC (the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) prediction is: It (sea levels) could go up as much as three-quarters of a meter in this century, but there is a reasonable probability it could be much higher than that,”

Would this be the same prediction that the same scientists (whose work was misrepresented by the UN body politic) who took part in the study have quickly backed away from?  Of course, 29.5″ of sea rise doesn’t sound like a lot, so we have to assume that there is a reasonable probability that it would be a lot more.  After all, 29.5″ rise won’t wipe out an island.  As previously stated, the Antarctic shelf is growing, not shrinking, therefore; no rising tides.

“Lots of area in Florida will go under. New Orleans at three-meter height is in great peril. If you look at, you know, the Bay Area, where I came from, all three airports would be under water. So this is — this is serious stuff. The impacts could be enormous,”

Once again, the computer models used by Al Gore for “An Inconvenient Truth” have already been proven to be dramatized.  I can’t help but presume that this is where Dr. Chu is getting his talking points.  Notice that Dr. Chu states that a three-meter height puts New Orleans in great peril.  Assuming that Dr. Chu’s statements are correct, and they’re not, but assuming that they are; this means that it will take approximately 400 years to reach that level.  Given how much the world’s climate has changed during the last 100 years, it is nearly impossible to tell what it will be like 400 years from now.  Dr. Chu has also neglected the fact that the only thing consistent about climate IS change.  There is no base line for climate.  Its very nature is to change, and change constantly.  Casting dire predictions of what could happen when current evidence shows the opposite, is something that Dr. Chu should know better than to do.

*Source story courtesy of Fox News*

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