Letter: Sea level rise concern overblown
In the past several weeks, numerous letters have appeared in the Gazette-Journal that involve global warming and climate change, both pro and con. Those advocating climate change as being a manmade phenomenon appear to be entirely dismissive to any argument to the contrary and cite any number of supposedly scientific facts to buttress their arguments.
However, it cannot be denied that the environmentalists and much of the media have made many of these specious arguments to coerce society into adopting behavioral change while also eliciting the attention of politicians to their perception of a climate threat.
Such efforts and language as has been used is counterproductive in assessing the many real threats that confront society. In this day and era, much of this climate change rhetoric is but careless speculation. Under the guise of science, these arguments detract from a careful accounting of the real science involved.
One of the related concerns of climate change as it is expressed in several of these letters involves sea level rise. Yes, the sea level has been rising for quite some time; centuries in fact, as is evident in the historical and archaeological records. However, such rise is not caused by manmade global warming as is being postulated. Further, in the coming century, a similar sea level rise as in the last century is forecasted. Meanwhile, many areas throughout the world are experiencing subsidence as are parts of Virginia.
Again, reflecting upon the historical record of the last century, the sea level rise that did occur was vastly overshadowed as a threat by such events as two world wars, the Great Depression, as well as various epidemics and uprisings throughout the world. The sea level rise that occurred was notable only in its omission as a threat. We might suspect the sea level rise in the coming century will gain a similar notoriety.
Meanwhile, the continued wringing of hands, the lament and disaster rhetoric of man’s CO2 emissions might be better discarded and replaced with a focus on any number of more immediate and pressing problems that confront society now. After all, the climate has been generally on a warming trend since the Little Ice Age.
Port Haywood, Va.