Sea level rise and other climate myths

During the past year state and national media have unleashed a barrage of attacks on North Carolina Republican majority legislators and the newly elected Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

Organized statist nonprofit groups have whipped supportive press editors and other liberally biased writers into a frenzy of criticism and slander aimed at legislation passed and proposed. Republicans have moved swiftly and surely to bring state government back on a more even economic keel, and to back off ill-advised and harmful regulatory foolishness. Wilmington StarNews reporter Kate Queram provided a background story on one contentious issue.(link)

The North Carolina State Coastal Resources Commission met early this year to shore up its credibility. In 2010 a CRC “science panel” recommended that coastal county officials prepare for a 39-inch sea level rise by the year 2100—a laughable suggestion because climate is far from an exact science, little is known about how it functions and meteorologists know that weather events at specific locations can’t be predicted with any accuracy for more than a few days hence. And, of course, the regulatory policy implications of this ridiculous assumption would be economically disastrous to coastal communities.

Naturally, a wave of protests came from business people (described as “a maelstrom of controversy among developers” by the reporter) threatening to rock the CRC eco-agenda boat.

When the State General Assembly got wind of this legislators told the CRC to go back to their drafting board to “further study sea-level rise.” Law makers also slapped a moratorium on adopting an official specific level—maybe in a hundred years it could be zero or minus 39-inches; who knows? But “science” panelists had peered into their climate crystal ball and decided that plus 39-inches was it. International environmental alchemists mixed carbon dioxide in their predictive pot, tossed it into their models and came up with the number.

More level-headed people monitoring the United Nations climate hoax about “manmade global warming” now understand that this deception is much ado about politics rather than science. The purpose of this ruse: scare and fool the public and their legislators into supporting antidevelopment policies and reducing our living quality. Yet, the warmers continue in their zeal to make us change our ways.

Regardless of the continual media hype, climate “science” is far from “settled.” There is no such thing as “consensus” in science. As a prominent climate research scientist has said, “It takes only one good piece of evidence to destroy a scientific theory.”

North Carolina coastal county commissioners, many state legislators and business people have expressed skepticism. The CRC got the word. Tancred Miller policy analyst with the State Division of Coastal Management reviewed the message: “(T)here is no interest in regulatory rates…not looking for a rate for regulatory purposes or panic purposes.” (Panic is the primary tactic of environmental radicals.) Miller went on: A new report should not be based on “cherry-picking” data, he said. (That’s how climate modelers have fooled the media.)

State legislators expect the science panel to do a “thorough review of available science” and base it on comparing “predictive modeling” with “actual historical data.” No one can predict the future, only historical events suggest what might be expected. (We could be going toward another ice-age and sea levels will recede.) For this sound, sensible reasoning our responsible legislators have been laughed at and impugned by warming zealots.(link)

If the panel comprehensively reviews climate research they should take the “group think” promoted by the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the title indicates this group is not objective) with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, that will be difficult because one-sided and false information has dominated the research and news for many years. Some critically important evidence that questions the manmade warming theory has been suppressed—evidence showing that the climate modelers “have made some fundamental errors that will invalidate their predictions for the future.”

Dr. Roy W. Spencer, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and formerly a senior scientist with NASA, leads a team researching microwave scanning radiometry with earth-orbiting satellites to precisely monitor earth temperatures. He has published many weather and climate articles in scientific journals and wrote a bestselling book, “Climate Confusion.” His most recent book, “The Great Climate Blunder” explains “how Mother Nature fooled the world’s top climate scientists” (Encounter Books, paperback edition 2012).

Dr. Spencer’s research shows that “natural cloud variations cause temperature variation, which give the illusion that the climate system is very sensitive to humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions.” This evidence reveals that climate politics has taken a leap into the future on faith—jumped to the conclusion that warming is caused by manmade carbon emissions.

Spencer’s team has strong evidence that in our natural climate system cloud cover actually causes increases (and decreases) in carbon dioxide (a life-giving gas) largely from ocean temperature changes. In other words, it’s likely that politically-driven “science” wrongly mixes cause and effect—natural warming increases carbon dioxide, rather than the popularized, politicized theory that increasing carbon dioxide causes warming.

Dr. Spencer’s work is profound. He’s done his homework, but has been denied recognition because it’s not politically correct. If our politicians make laws to accommodate manmade warming theory, and it’s proven wrong, they will do us great economic damage—and they should pay for it.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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