I guess from the title of the post and some earlier comments elsewhere, you can tell that I’m a sceptic. I define a sceptic as someone with an enquiring mind as opposed to a denier, a useful term in the ideological space of which I don’t seek membership (as those of you may have noticed from my earlier posts). I also don’t give a toss that I might be in the minority, the claim that over 95% of scientists have an opposing view to mine is of no relevance to me either. Majority opinions are useful in the political space, not the scientific one.
I like to step back from the internal bickering over the subject and try to formulate my own perspective. Let’s start with the primary contention that my greatest fear should be that if I continue to heat my home with fossil fuels, the oceans will rise up and we all will be flooded.
Is this happening, and could it continue to happen? There does seem to be ample evidence that an Ice Age existed at least some 10 000 years ago, and that New York was buried under what I believe has been called the Wisconsin Glacier. If it wasn’t a glacier that moved those rocks about, then I guess I’m left with Godzilla or King Kong. I’ve been to New York, it isn’t buried under a Glacier, so the planet has clearly warmed over the past 10 000 years.
So, is the Ocean rising? This set me off on a quest for evidence that this might be happening around New York and I came across the following image in a publication about local geology (not focused on climate change). The extension of the Hudson River now submerged under the Atlantic Ocean would appear to suggest New Jersey and Long Island were significantly larger than they are today. Check it out on Google Earth, even at low resolution, there appear to be evidence of this.
MY conclusion, Holy Crap, it does appear to be happening, I have no other explanation to offer based on this evidence. The publication goes on to explain that something like 150 million years ago this part of the world was attached to Africa, and since then ripped apart to form the Atlantic Ocean. We need a bigger Godzilla to explain that.
So now the plan is that if we can get the world to stop burning fossil fuels, we can stop or at least slow the rate at which this beach is being consumed. Really? Is that the plan? Pardon me for being a sceptic, but I think we need a better plan.