Where’s the empirical evidence?
To the Editor:
The Beacon headline screams, “Panelists predict sea rise of at least 3 feet” by year 2100 and we are all supposed to head for higher ground. No longer are we told that this prediction is based on a theory or an assumption. This supposition is based on indisputable facts as hard as the granite in Westerly, so there is “no argument that change is happening and that sea level will rise 3 to 5 feet by 2100.”
Not a single shred of evidence is offered to support this claim, but it gets top billing, front page coverage as though it were breaking news. “We’re looking at 3 to 5 feet (in sea level rise) as an almost certainty.” Just who anointed these panelists that they have the power of prophecy even to the next 90 years, when they cannot declare with metaphysical certitude that they won’t become lunch for the worms tomorrow?
Why should such fallen creatures be given any credence when it seems they are just spouting the worn-out creeds of Al Gore? And just what do these panelists have in mind as a solution to prevent certain disaster: why, of course, renewable energy projects such as these silly windmills that blanket the state, costing the taxpayer millions and that produce energy at more than two times the cost of conventional electric generation.
The Beacon prints this hogwash as though it were historical truth verified by expert witnesses and empirical data when there is credible evidence that no such thing will occur, so is it any wonder that the print media is going out of business?
Erik R. Thorp