A while back, The Post and Courier ran a very interesting story about an underwater expedition to a possible early human habitation site off our coast in close to 200 feet of water. Earlier in the year, there were stories published throughout the country of a scallop fisherman finding mammoth teeth at a similar depth off New Hampshire.
Since the peak of the last Ice Age, about 25,000 years ago, the oceans have risen over 400 feet, half of which occurred before either of the archeological events mentioned above. No one argues these facts but they are often left out when its convenient to do so or they do not fit a politically correct template. Long-term rising seas suggest man’s role in this inevitability has had little to do with it and that it is simply normal climate ebb and flow.
The oceans were also at one time much deeper than today as any kid looking for fossil shark’s teeth in Summerville can prove or the sandhills at the end of the Coastal Plain west of I-95 indicate. They used to be the beach at the peak of the last naturally occurring global warming period, long before any claims of man’s influence can be justified. Keeping the seas from reaching these levels would be impossible if history repeats itself as the trend indicates.
On July 17 we had the alarming front page headline, “Can we stop rising sea levels in time?” This article’s basis is a range of predictions that rely on a high level of inaccuracy. The highest predicted level is nine times the lowest. Nor does the article say anything about the percentage of these disparate numbers that is caused by natural sea level rise as opposed to that which is man-made and therefore possibly controllable. It’s a statistical pile on.
Blatant proclamations that leave out the obvious do not inspire confidence regardless of the good intentions shown. They can only reinforce skepticism when viewed critically. The climate panic acolytes need to fairly address this issue and not use what has occurred naturally to prop up their dogma, nor should the press dutifully echo them without question.
And, while climate change is real, and also natural, we have to accurately separate what ever the man made component is, (if it exists at all) from the obvious natural influences that have occurred since forever and are likely quite uncontrollable over the long term. Once man’s true influence is clear, isolated from that which is natural and free of manufactured alarmism, we can calmly address what man can actually do to stop rising seas and see if it is even possible yet alone affordable.