Without clear definitions of terms, “climate change” hearings such as this in Texas (click here) are simply soap opera shows. Unsupported assertions are made, and, unfortunately, believed by politicians and policy makers without much critical thought. Consider this statement, which implies Houston, Texas will be flooded to 100 ft.
“Other witnesses also emphasized the principle of damage and risk mitigation. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, asked legislators to think about the ways society depended on current climate conditions.”
“We have built a civilization on the assumption of a stable climate,” she said. “If we were still living in tents, climate change wouldn’t be as big of a problem. But we can’t move Houston 100 feet uphill.”
So, let’s take a look at actual data. Below is the record of sea level change at nearby Galveston, Texas:
“The mean sea level trend is 6.39 millimeters/year with a 95% confidence interval of +/- 0.28 mm/yr based on monthly mean sea level data from 1908 to 2006 which is equivalent to a change of 2.10 feet in 100 years.”
So let’s be generous. Let’s say the sea level rises 2.5 ft per 100 years — that would be 25 ft in 1000 years, if we assume “uniformatarianism”….
We do not expect such misleading statements as the above from someone who is presenting themselve as basing their claims and innuendo on science…..
Lastly, the idea of a “stable climate” is fictional, in the mind only. In the atmosphere around us, weather and climate are always in a state of change, regardless if we live in tents or in houses. It’s always changing….