Don’t Look Up! – Watts Up With That?

AN real rock from outer space (not man-made climate change) is causing the perception of sea level rise

Paul Driessen

In the Netflix movie, politicians in Washington “don’t look up” because they prefer to remain oblivious to a special effects meteor that is about to destroy planet Earth. Not surprisingly, the film is really about our refusal to acknowledge the “existential threat” of “man-made climate change.”

Director Adam McKay recently tweeted: “We have 6-8 years before the weather is so chaotic that [will] live in a permanent state of biblical catastrophe.”

Not to be outdone, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the latest UN climate report “an archive of shame, cataloging the empty promises that put us firmly on the path to an uninhabitable world.” Drilling for more oil and gas is “morally and economically insane,” he insisted. If humanity does not stop using fossil fuels, we will be overwhelmed by devastating floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and crop failures.

Global sea levels have already risen “a staggering nine inches,” public relations agency PurpleOrange proclaimed, touting a client’s climate-neutral certification label, which is designed to funnel more money toward “authentic and immediate climate action.” ”.

Back on Planet Earth of the non-parallel universe, a truly uninhabitable world would be one without fossil fuels. Not only to generate electricity, cook food, heat homes and water, and power cars, ships, trains, and planes, but also for fertilizers and insecticides to grow more food on less land, and for plastics, pharmaceuticals, paints, cosmetics, clothing dress and others. essential products For us today; for billions more tomorrow.

Fossil fuels to extract and process trillions of tons of raw materials, and manufacture millions of wind turbines, trillions of solar panels, trillions of battery modules, and millions of transmission line towers that would blanket our farmlands, scenic areas, and wildlife habitats. wildlife if we didn’t have fossil fuels.

In fact, far worse than a warmer planet with more carbon dioxide fertilizing plants in the air would be a cooler planet with less CO2. That would mean less arable land, shorter growing seasons and much lower crop yields, in addition to the losses of a devastated Ukraine and sanctioned Russian wheat crops.

(Why do Twitter tweets never cancel, delete, or even fact check climate scare porn? Why is it never just the weather? change, but always climatic cataclysms? Why always artificial climate change, as if the natural climate changes of the past never happened? Why do Guterres, Gore, Kerry, Biden and AOC always have to outdo their fellow alarmists in hysteria? Why is scaremongering always based on computer models, never real data and evidence? Why do you always ignore China’s massive use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions?)

One of the predominant issues of climate alarm is the rise in sea level.

On the real Earth, if the DC swamp dwellers of 35 million years ago had looked up, they would have been transfixed in their final moments by a no special effects meteor hurtling toward what is now Cape Charles, Virginia. in the Chesapeake Bay. . The 2-mile-wide meteor blasted and pulverized sediment and bedrock, vaporized plants and animals, sent rock fragments hundreds of miles in all directions, and launched tsunamis into the mountainsides of eastern West Virginia.

The shattered rock settled into a crater 4,300 feet deep and 53 miles in diameter. Over the next several millennia, sediment from rivers and oceans poured into the crater, and mile-high glaciers drew 10 million cubic miles of water from the oceans, burying half of North America, Europe, and Asia under trillions of tons of ice. The land under the ice was pressed down, while the land outside the glacial zones was uplifted. Then, about 12,000 years ago, the last Pleistocene glaciers began to melt.

The oceans rose slowly, about 400 feet! The land masses underwent an “isostatic rebound”. Areas that had been under the ice began to rise; those that had bulged up began to sink. In much of the Chesapeake Bay region, postglacial subsidence is exacerbated by continued compression of pulverized crater rock and continued groundwater withdrawal from sedimentary aquifers beneath urban and agricultural areas that depend on the underground water.

Aquifers include layers of porous sandstone (with water between the sand grains) sandwiched between impermeable but water-soaked layers of shale and clay. As water is pumped out of the sandstone layers, the clay-shale layers are compressed by hundreds of feet of overlying rock and sediment, and their water is forced into the sandstones and then into the pumps. The overlying land is constantly sinking.

In the Chesapeake Bay area, subsidence averages almost 3mm/year; 11.5 inches per century. That adds up to nearly 4.5 inches per century of isostatic subsidence, plus 7 to 9 inches per century of actual sea level rise. The total perceived sea ​​level rise may be 24 inches per century, though two-thirds of that total has nothing to do with actual sea level rise. In fact, the tide gauge at Naval Station Norfolk at Sewell’s Point shows that the rate of current sea ​​level rise has not changed since the gauge was installed in 1927.

The situation in Houston-Galveston, Texas, the Santa Clara Valley, California, and other places around the world is similarly dire, even without post-glaciation problems. Highlighting actual sea level rise, and blaming the rise on humans and fossil fuels, is simply false.

However, saltwater intrusion and coastal flooding are serious, recurring, and growing problems, especially during hurricanes and as more expensive homes are built along coastlines. Some communities have slowed subsidence by relocating groundwater pumping stations farther offshore, reducing withdrawal rates, increasing aquifer recharge, or substituting groundwater for surface water. Others have installed breakwaters, improved drainage systems and pipes to bring in water from nearby lakes and rivers. Other options include desalination plants to create more fresh water, recycling domestic “grey water” for agricultural use, and switching to less water-intensive irrigation methods, as Israel is doing.

These approaches are far more practical and cost-effective than trying to prevent the seas from rising further, like a modern King Canute, by banning fossil fuels, especially if done only in a few Western nations.

Meanwhile, residents of Tuvalu, Maldives, and other Pacific islands and coral atolls worry about rising sea levels due to fossil fuels. However, most of them are increasing in land area, not decreasing: as corals grow, sediments are deposited off their shores, and volcanic lava flows expand land masses.

Furthermore, few of these islands and coral reefs existed 12,000 years ago, when the Wisconsin Glaciation extracted 400 feet of seawater from the world’s oceans. Islands and atolls began to grow as the seas rose. They have continued to grow with each additional foot of sea level rise and show no signs of stopping.

The Paleolithic paintings of Cosquer Cave near Marseille, France (the entrance is 115 feet below current sea level) and a Mel Fisher dive team’s discovery of charred tree branches and pine cones from a fire forest 8,400 years ago in 40 feet of water off the Florida coast beyond testify to the steady rise of the seas.

However, the experts tell us. (1) “Snowfall is less frequent and shallower. The rivers almost never freeze now. There is an unfortunate fluctuation between hot and cold in the spring, which is very fatal to the fruits.” (2) “We were surprised by the complete absence of ice in Barrow Strait. i was here right now [six years ago] – still frozen – and there were doubts about the possibility of escape”. (3) “The Arctic Ocean is warming, icebergs are becoming scarcer, and in some places, seals are finding the water too warm.”

It is time to take action. Or maybe not. Citation (1) is from Thomas Jefferson’s diary, 1799; (2) from Sir Francis McClintock’s logbook, 1860; (3) of a Washington Post article, November 2, 1922.

Instead of repeating scary stories and demanding that fossil fuels be replaced by pseudo-clean and pseudo-renewable energy, it really behooves us to think, analyze, reflect on the many ways that fossil fuels improve our lives and demand real evidence on instead of a GIGO computer. models for any supposed climate crisis.

Paul Driessen is Senior Policy Analyst for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of Eco-imperialism: green power – black death and articles on energy, climate and other topics.

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