Fretting about rising sea levels is a hallowed past-time amongst global warming types. Al Gore and Co. regularly ride through the public square yelling “The ice sheets are melting! The ice sheets are melting!”
Indeed the threat of catastrophic sea level rise due to the melting of polar ice has been one of the prime scare tactics in the alarmists’ arsenal, even if they have occasionally stooped to exaggerating the dangers. National Public Radio Science Correspondent Richard Harris once lamented this fudging of the truth in an interview with NPR’s Renee Montagne
“Gore said that Arctic ice could be gone entirely in 34 years, and he made it seem like a really precise prediction. There are certainly scary predictions about what’s going to happen to Arctic sea ice in the summertime, but no one can say ‘34 years.’ That just implies a degree of certainty that’s not there. And that made a few scientists a bit uncomfortable to hear him making it sound so precise.”
Harris went on to question some of the outrageous claims made in Gore’s scarumentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“…in [Gore’s] documentary he talks about what the world will look like – Florida and New York – when the sea level rises by 20 feet. But he deftly avoids mentioning the time frame for which that might happen. When you look at the forecast of sea-level rise, no one’s expecting 20 feet of sea-level rise in the next couple of centuries, at least. So that’s another thing that makes scientists a little bit uneasy; true, we have to be worried about global sea-level rise, but it’s probably not going to happen as fast as Gore implies in his movie.”
No kidding. But Gore’s over-zealous estimations aside, Harris thinks we should still worry about melting ice and its concomitant rise in sea levels. And we–as in, we the people–are of course to blame with our dirty, carbon-spewing life style.
Warmists are therefore desperate to preserve the polar ice exactly as they are–or rather, exactly as they think they should be. But this attitude takes for granted the notion that the ice caps are a permanent and unchanging feature of this planet.