Rising seas only speculation


To the Editor:

The Beacon continues to parade the fear about impending sea rise, now as much as 9.8 feet by the end of the century. Three years ago the Beacon went on record to proclaim that the sea would rise by three feet by end of century, now they have more than doubled their estimate, but this time our Democrat leaders of doom have their hands out for lots of cash – one trillion dollars – the price of bovine manure has gone up.

Grab your wallet, folks, because something is very, very fishy about these Democrats and their sycophants in the Beacon and in state government. They quote recent NOAA modeling that shows an increase of 9.8 feet rise for this century, but no proof is offered, just mass hysteria. In contrast, if you go to NOAA's own website (tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends.html), you'll find the following, which shows that throughout southern New England (with the exception of Long Island, etc.) the rate is between zero and three millimeters per year, which translates to a sea level rise of zero to one foot per century.

At the Providence station, 8454000, “the mean sea level trend is 2.22 mm/year with a 95% confidence interval of 0.25 mm/year based on monthly mean sea level data from 1938 to 2015 which is equivalent to a change of 0.73 feet in 100 years.” At the Newport station, 8452660, “the mean sea level trend is 2.72 mm/year with a 95% confidence interval of 0.17 mm/year based on monthly mean sea level data from 1930 to 2015 which is equivalent to a change of 0.89 feet in 100 years.” This is from their own website!

Two thousand years ago, there were eyewitnesses that saw the risen Christ, but there is no such thing for the risen seas: only speculation, conjecture and a corrupt imagination.

Erik Thorp



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Erik, please note that the majority of projections of sea level rise are non-linear; they are exponential. In other words, you cannot simply project a simple linear rate of rise (the 3 millimeters that you mention) into the future. This makes sense when you think about the compounding effects and their interactions that contribute to climate trends, including our own exponential increase in rates of carbon emissions over the past century. more importantly: you are interpreting past data (1938 to 2015) to directly infer future sea levels. This is equivalent to saying that the past 100 years will essentially repeat itself, in spite of the trillions of tons of carbon that humans have released into the atmosphere, and its compounding (again, non-linear) impact over decades.

Climate scientists have reached consensus regarding the certainty of sea level rise. This is not a matter of belief, it is a matter of extrapolating trends evident in the climate data collected in recent decades (including sea level rise already witnessed), and their correlations to records of compounded carbon emissions. There are a range of scenarios with consequences that vary in severity, but they are ALL much more severe than anything that we have witnessed in the last decades or century. The degree of severity and its rate of acceleration are the only unknowns here:


As, a result, sea level rise is ultimately a risk management problem: what are the opportunity costs if we regulate carbon emissions, which are contributing to this problem? What are the risks if we don't? Scientific consensus suggests that the risks are orders of magnitude greater than the short-term cost.

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