This is the kind of garbage that gets people stirred up over little or nothing. The warmistas need to tone it down some lest we have more John Lees (ecoterrorist invader of the Discovery Channel Building in Silver Spring, Maryland) and Ted Kaczynskis (the Unibomber) running around blowing up or shooting people who are skeptical about anthropogenic global warming. You would think someone would get a clue, but no, we get more alarmist claptrap courtesy of this article from Boston.com’s “The Green Blog.” To quote…..
The large waves, storm surge, and flooding that Hurricane Earl will spawn as it strikes Massachusetts tomorrow night comes with an added dollop of trouble; Sea level rise. Very gradual — and in some cases accelerating — rises in sea level off our coast over the last century will boost the height of Earl’s storm surge — expected to be one to four feet — meaning the wall of water will be able to travel that much farther inland and over higher elevations to flood basements, streets, and other low-lying areas.
Of course the article just had to lay the blame at our old “friend” global warming even though it is unproven BS. “Wall of water?” This isn’t going to be a 10 meter event in Massachusetts by any stretch of the imagination. As of now it’s like a 1-4 feet predicted storm surge being predicted. I guess “wall of water” increases the drama and alarmism.
Sea level is rising, scientists say, in large part because of a global warming double punch: higher ocean temperatures that expand the volume of water, and melting glaciers that add water to the sea. So future hurricanes are likely to cause more widespread flooding.
Now doesn’t “temperatures that expand the volume of water” sound ridiculous? Yes? No? I’m not refuting laws of physics, but think about it for a second, not as a reality but with respect to an ocean, not a glass of water. Has the whole entire Atlantic Ocean suddenly and completely warmed up from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the US to Europe and from South America to Africa? I really think not. It would be rather asinine to claim that because it is constantly warming and cooling and doing it in different places at different times. Sea-levels will vary some, yes. Yet this article appears to try to get us to believe the whole Atlantic Ocean has warmed in its entirety and will be spilling over into the United States any second now and causing flooding in Des Moines, Iowa.
As an aside, water is also a little different animal than most things. Water will expand when heated, but guess what? It also will expand when cooling. Below is a quote from eHow about it or you can go here and see for yourself.
Water is not like other liquids. It isn’t, well, a normal liquid. In other liquids, the basic principle holds true that heated liquids expand and cooled liquids contract. But water doesn’t exactly work the same way. Water does expand when heated and contracts when cooled, but not at all temperature levels. Water has a magic range where the rules do not apply. The main reason for this difference is its makeup. Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, and they exist as a loose bond. The range that is different is between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius (32 degrees F to 39.2 degrees F). Water at any other temperature would expand when it is heated, and contract when cooled. However, at 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 F), water is at its most contracted state, but it isn’t frozen. It doesn’t freeze until zero degrees Celsius. This means as it goes toward 0 degrees it expands because of the crystallization of the water into ice. This stems from a reorganization of the oxygen and hydrogen bonds into stronger and more complex attachments. Because water at 0 degrees Celsius (32 F) is more expanded than at 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 F), water heated from zero degrees will shrink from its crystallized state until it makes it back to 4 degrees. Beyond 4 degrees, the water will start to expand again.
You can see per the below chart how much the ocean as risen since 1880, which is about 20 centimeters, which equals 7.87 inches, short of the claimed foot in Falmouth by a little over 4 inches, which really isn’t a big deal as far as I’m concerned, just noted so you can see what appears to be to be another exaggeration in a long line of global warming exaggerations, which goes along with the alarmism in the article. Realistically this is 120 years of graph which amounts to a whopping 0.o6558333333 inches of rise per year or approximately 2/3 of an inch per year. Not much to be alarmed about is there? (Note: The graph was based on 23 different locations and certainly doesn’t span every drop of every ocean and this also is global and not just the Atlantic Ocean).
To get back on track here the reason I claim this is alarmism is that while the sea-level may be 8 inches or so higher than it was in 1880, (and yes, it’s close enough that we will go with the 1 foot claimed in the article to reduce any whining). What seems so ridiculous to me is that as of now, they’re predicting a 1 to 4 foot storm surge, which about renders that extra foot moot because regardless it’s going to spill over and cause some flooding. In the case of a hurricane Camille in 1969 the storm surge was 24.6 feet. Think the ocean being a foot or so higher is going to make any difference in a case like that? I think not anything that anyone would notice in the aftermath.
So why the continued alarmism? Why does it appear the warmers will continue to keep stirring people up with suppositions and exaggerations? Do they want more John Lees? Do they want more Unibombers to come out of the woodwork and kill people?
It smacks of more desperation from the warmer crowd and the mainstream media to me. They’re losing the battle, they’re desperate, they’ll claim anything and everything is related to global warming, regardless how silly. They can’t keep exaggerating things like this and expect anyone who’s reasonable to believe it. So what’s the point? Sell newspapers and magazines? Perhaps that some of it.
Sometimes I think they really don’t want to win anyone over, they just want the lunatic fringe to believe in their postulating so they’ll arm themselves with guns or bombs and force everyone to do their bidding. Perhaps they’re really using the science of psychology to enforce their belief of anthropogenic global warming upon us.
I can’t say for certain, perhaps you should ask people such as Al Gore and James Cameron about it. James by the way seems to like the thought of ecoterrorism. You can read about that here.