National magazine shines more light on NC sea-level rise embarrassment

Sea-level rise 2Earth Magazine, a publication of the American Geosciences Institute, has a new featured article this week entitled: “Denying sea-level rise: How 100 centimeters divided the state of North Carolina.” It’s authored by a pair of Duke academics – Alexander Glass and Orrin Pilkey (who has contributed in the past to The Progressive Pulse).

“On the surface, it looks like America is a place where scientists and scientific achievements are held in high regard. The retired space shuttles were welcomed by flag-waving crowds; millions of people watched Curiosity’s nail-biting landing on Mars and James Cameron’s descent into the Mariana Trench. The discovery of the Higgs boson made front-page headlines and captured the imaginations of a nation. It would seem that America still loves and respects science.

However, just below the surface, there is another America. This America is populated by people who — on economic, political or religious grounds — have chosen to reject the consensus of the global scientific community on various topics. They enjoy the innovative gadgets and technological comforts afforded to us by scientific discoveries, but choose to treat science as a shopping trip to the supermarket, picking some conclusions to accept and others to reject at will. These “merchants of doubt” arbitrarily and inconsistently divide the sciences into “good” and “junk” science depending on their philosophical needs, and work diligently to portray high levels of uncertainty in scientific explanations where little actually exists….”

Read the rest of the article by clicking here.

3 Comments

  1. Doug

    April 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This post is quite rich considering the “accepted science” is being proven wrong and scientists don’t know why.

    One of the first of a similar article making the rounds this week:
    http://au.businessinsider.com/climatologists-cant-explain-why-global-warming-has-slowed-down-2013-3

    Meanwhile, if this globalwarmingclimatechangesavethewhales hooey is true, I welcome the increased warmth since it will allow us to do things like grow more food…keep glaciers from forming in my back yard…..get my house closer to the seashore, a beachfront property would be cool.

  2. Dan

    April 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Point is we are enegery hogs. Do we need a v8 suv to send someone to the store foe half gallon of milk?

  3. Doug

    April 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Completely different topic Dan. Since there is not a correlation between man’s use of carbon and the temperature, you could drive a coal fired train to the store and back and it would not make a difference. You know what does make the difference? It is something that we have absolutely no control over…..that big yellow star you see up in the sky. It can and does overpower anything we do here on earth just with a small fluctuation in it’s activity.