Climate scientist Al Gore tells us that Artic Ice soon to vanish in summer. So what? Won’t that make shipping goods easier and have us consume less fossil fuels getting goods from East to West?
I love this quote at the end:
Jensen said the biggest ice sheets – Greenland and West Antarctica – were already contributing 1 millimeter (.04 inch) a year to those rising sea levels. She said this could double within the next decade.
OK, so let’s even QUADRUPLE it … if we quadruple this rise, we are talking about 0.16 inches of sea level rise per year. Over 100 years that looks like … 16 whole inches. If we can’t handle a foot and half sea level rise over the course of the next century, we really are doomed.
I’ll increase my drumbeat louder now. Tell me the economic impacts of your worst case scenarios. I want to see them in every article. Because if you track the IPCC reports from 1 ’till now, you will see that the expected economic damages from warming are decreasing with each report, even as the expected climate disruptions are larger. So what if there is less polar ice (ignoring why it is happening, forget that we are still emerging from an ice age 400 years ago, let’s just blame it all on us and move on already)? It won’t raise sea levels (it’s already in the sea). Will it kill humans? Make us sicker? Make it harder for people up there to live? Oh, we can talk about polar bears if you like too – so tell me exactly what is the threat to them too.
OK, time for me to be banned from polite society. Back to grading papers. Can you imagine the horrible things I am teaching my students? Like looking for evidence; thinking about costs and benefits; about looking for bootleggers when the Baptists are out preaching; like not abandoning your reason and freedom; like learning how to herd unicorns. The poor souls.