Dear Editor of the Pacifica Tribune,
Jim Steele’s February 13th, Changing Sea Levels column is an example of propaganda rather than informative enlightenment.
43 discombobulated sentences of admittedly (somewhat)* factual tidbits and anecdotes, but with raging omissions. All artfully spun to keep the self-certain GOP crowd within their comfort zone.
Along the way Steele devotes some 7 sentences to maligning Dr. Michael Mann, twice using the term “Mann’s followers” which, me thinks, is a bit of projection considering the Trump phenomena amongst today’s right wing.
Incidentally, Dr. Mann works on paleoclimate and interpreting proxy data, so naturally he doesn’t write about local land movement, but to imply he is unaware of it or ignores it, is ludicrous.
Why does Steele feel the need to destroy Dr. Mann’s reputation in the eyes of his audience? That's not serious constructive dialogue, it’s political theater.
In a talk about changing sea levels, our planet’s cryosphere is mentioned five times, all with a dismissive spin, finishing with “there is still no consensus”.
In reality our planet’s Cryosphere is melting at an accelerating rate, alarmingly beyond what any experts anticipated. Really! Look it up. We’ve already squandered the past 20 irretrievable years yet Steele’s advice is to squander yet another 20. Really?
(* This letter was written after my first impressions. Closer examination revealed how artfully deceptive many of Steele's sentences actually were. )
Increase our planet’s atmospheric insulation regulator from ~280 ppm in 1800s up to +410 ppm in 2019; it is certainly quite natural that our global heat and moisture distribution engine will gain heat; that heat will circulate through the entire geophysical engine, (though at different rates).
What do ancient eclipse records kept by Babylonian, Chinese, Arabic and Greek scholars, and fish tanks, built by wealthy Romans during 100BC - 100AD, contribute to our understanding of /modern climate change? Dr. Jerry X. Mitrovica will describe the important role these archaeological treasures have played in the understanding of sea-level rise and how they help scientists both "fingerprint" sources of recent sea level changes and make more accurate projections of future sea levels.
Jerry X. Mitrovica, Ph.D., is a Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and the Director of the Earth Systems Evolution Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
(and much more)
- By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate on August 23, 2011
- Recent warming is unprecedented in magnitude, speed, and cause (so the temperature history looks like a hockey stick).
- Michael Mann, the lead author on the original hockey stick paper, is one of the nation’s top climatologists and a source of first-rate analysis.
- Temperatures of North Atlantic “are unprecedented over the past 2000 years and are presumably linked to the Arctic amplification of global warming” – Science (2011)
- GRL (2010): “We conclude that the 20th-century warming of the incoming intermediate North Atlantic water has had no equivalent during the last thousand years.”
- JGR (2010) [PDF]: “The last decades of the past millennium are characterized again by warm temperatures that seem to be unprecedented in the context of the last 1600 years.”
- Human-caused Arctic warming overtakes 2,000 years of natural cooling, “seminal” study finds (2009)
- Unprecedented warming in Lake Tanganyika and its impact on humanity (2010)
Melting ice sheets will cause higher sea-level rise in the state due to how the Earth rotates and gravitational pull on the waters
We The People of the United States have a moral, ethical, and pragmatic right to learn what scientists have learned about this planet's biosphere, and climate engine without constant dishonest crossfire. We should not tolerate serious scientists constantly being drown out by amoral, ruthless and frankly ignorant arguments - that an astoundingly ruthless GOP PR factory repeats over and over again, without ever learning a damned thing from the evidence in front of us.
“On the decadal rates of sea level change during the twentieth century,” S. J. Holgate, January 2007 - GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 34, L01602,http://www.joelschwartz.com/pdfs/Holgate.pdf
- January 2019 - R. H. Levy, S. R. Meyers, D. K. Kulhanek
Sadly, it's not in Steele's interest to try and see these scientists as serious professionals who have learned an awful lot over the decades and are focused on getting it right. Steele is all about morphing them into hapless cartoons character. It’s maliciously false!