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Obama Not Lowering Sea Levels After All

From a believing Associated Press:

White House Climate Change Report Issues Dire Warning On Worsening Situation

SETH BORENSTEIN | June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — Rising sea levels, sweltering temperatures, deeper droughts, and heavier downpours — global warming’s serious effects are already here and getting worse, the Obama administration warned on Tuesday in the grimmest, most urgent language on climate change ever to come out of any White House.

But amid the warnings, scientists and government officials seemed to go out of their way to soften the message. It is still not too late to prevent some of the worst consequences, they said, by acting aggressively to reduce world emissions of heat-trapping gases, primarily carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels

The Obama administration is backing a bill in Congress that would limit heat-trapping pollution from power plants, refineries and factories. A key player on a climate bill in the Senate, California Democrat Barbara Boxer, said the report adds "urgency to the growing momentum in Congress" for passing a law.

"It’s not too late to act," said Jane Lubchenco, one of several agency officials at a White House briefing. "Decisions made now will determine whether we get big changes or small ones." But what has happened already is not good, she said: "It’s happening in our own backyards and it affects the kind of things people care about."

In one of its key findings, the report warned: "Thresholds will be crossed, leading to large changes in climate and ecosystems." The survival of some species could be affected, it said.

The document, a climate status report required periodically by Congress, was a collaboration by about three dozen academic, government and institute scientists. It contains no new research, but it paints a fuller and darker picture of global warming in the United States than previous studies.

Bush was ultimately forced by a lawsuit to issue a draft report last year, and that document was the basis for this one. Obama science adviser John Holdren called the report nonpartisan, started by a Republican administration and finished by a Democratic one.

"The observed climate changes that we report are not opinions to be debated. They are facts to be dealt with," said one of the report’s chief authors, Jerry Melillo of Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, Mass. "We can act now to avoid the worst impacts."

Among the things Melillo said he would like to avoid are more flooding disasters in New Orleans and an upheaval of the world’s food supply.

The scientists softened the report from an earlier draft that said "tipping points have already been reached and have led to large changes." Melillo said that is because some of the changes seen so far are still reversible.

Even so, Tom Karl of the National Climatic Data Center said that at least one tipping point — irreversible sea level rise — has been passed.

A point of emphasis of the report, which is just under 200 pages, is what has already happened in the United States. That includes rapidly retreating glaciers in the American West and Alaska, altered stream flows, trouble with the water supply, health problems, changes in agriculture, and energy and transportation worries.

"There are in some cases already serious consequences," report co-author Anthony Janetos of the University of Maryland told The Associated Press. "This is not a theoretical thing that will happen 50 years from now. Things are happening now."

For example, winters in parts of the Midwest have warmed by 7 degrees in just 30 years and the frost-free period has grown a week, the report said.

Shorter winters have some benefits, such as longer growing seasons, but those are changes that require adjustments just the same, the authors note.

The "major disruptions" already taking place will only increase as warming continues, the authors wrote. The world’s average temperature may rise by as much as 11.5 degrees by the end of the century, the report said. And the U.S. average temperature could go even higher than that, Karl said.

Environmental groups praised the report as a call for action, with the Union of Concerned Scientists calling it what "America needs to effectively respond to climate change." …

More than 3,860 kilometers (2,400 miles) of major roadway along the Gulf Coast could be inundated by sea level rise by the end of this century, a new report suggests.

Sure, we believe that the temperature across the globe will go up 11.6 degrees by the end of the century.

Doesn’t everyone?

The document, a climate status report required periodically by Congress, was a collaboration by about three dozen academic, government and institute scientists. It contains no new research…

Just new hysteria.

In one of its key findings, the report warned: "Thresholds will be crossed, leading to large changes in climate and ecosystems." The survival of some species could be affected, it said.

Don’t they ever get tired of crying ‘wolf’?

Even so, Tom Karl of the National Climatic Data Center said that at least one tipping point — irreversible sea level rise — has been passed.

Sigh.

Another Obama campaign promise down the drain.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

29 Responses to “Obama Not Lowering Sea Levels After All”

  1. BillK says:

    Screw science; the Lord has spoken.

    From a genuflecting AP:

    U.S.: Climate Change Damage Happening Now

    Harmful effects from global warming are already here and worsening, warns the first climate report from Barack Obama’s presidency in the strongest language on climate change ever to come out of the White House…

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/06/16/white-house-says-climate-change-damage-happening/

    This despite one of the coolest Springs on record in many parts of the country?

    This despite there being no proof whatsoever that what we’re seeing is not normal climatological variation?

    No, this is how the left does “science” – the hell with observation, does it fit our worldview?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “deeper droughts, and heavier downpours” – is it just me or are these mutually exclusive phenomena?

    Most people I work with are big eco nazis, so I do a simple experiment for them. First I reveal to them that over 90% of the ice that could be effect by global warming consists of massive sheets floating on the oceans. Then I take a glass; fill it to the top with ice and water. The I tell them to watch it and come get me when it overflows. It is amazing sometimes to see people sit there and watch it, actually expecting it to do so.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Dazzle ’em with brilliance so they can try to baffle us with bullshiite!

    • jobeth says:

      Banned…that’s too funny. Bet you have a lot of smiles on your face while they are hudled up close to the glass watching for the great overflow! LOL

      “deeper droughts, and heavier downpours”…ummm that pretty well evens it out now doesn’t it?

      Hey we know now that he just can’t be the “messiah”. Bet Jesus could have made the sea rise…and fall…and rise…and fall.. :-D But I think they call that “a tide”…so I guess he already did!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Here in South Carolina, where the average academic achievement level is the 8th grade, it’s easy to impress upon “the people” that the drought of 2004 was the result of SUV’s as well as the current excess of rain is also the result of SUV’s.

      I also enjoy the fact that they trump evening TV programming so they can put up the radar of their “severe weather alerts” instead of “King Of The Hill” in order to warn me that I might get wet if I go outside due to excessive SUV-induced “climate change”.

      C’mon folks. You bitch when the drought kills the crops….then you bitch cuz it’s raining…..and by golly that might be a tornado-causing weather system because Algore sez so.

      I mean…when you were a kid and doppler radar on the TV didn’t as yet exist ….What did you do then?

      *sigh*

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Rusty – Here in North Carolina it is just as easy to impress agenda’s upon the proletariat. Here in the “Triangle,” Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, there is supposedly the highest concentrations of Ph.D.s in the country. And these people are usually a bunch of lefties. You see reading at the 8th grade and being “educated” are really no different for I have come to learn those who consider themselves to be “educated” are really only people who are good at listening, then parroting back what has been told to them. Sadly, independent thinking is not taught in school anymore.

    • jobeth says:

      Banned…Several places in the Bible it says…paraphrased..

      “Professing themselves wise, they became fools”

      Perfect!

      One of my favorite sentiments in the Bible.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    1-800-DIAL-A-CRISIS

    Global warming has had its legitimacy just absolutely hammered this year and while it was probably the #1 task on which Bam wanted to work it’s now not even on anyone’s radar, and all of his energy bills/medicare (don’t ask me how they’re related but I’m sure they are) are not going to pass. What to do? Dial a crisis. The only problem is it’s not working anymore. More and more are finding out everyday just how full of fish and pork this man is. No one looks outside now a day and thinks “AHHH GLOBAL WARMING!!”

    Again, all of Obama’s rhetoric is getting slowly more and more apocalyptic and desperate. This presidency is about to hit 5th gear and fly off the tracks.

  4. wirenut says:

    When are they going to start “jazzing” up these reports so they can scare people? How about, Glaciers retreat faster than the French or Polar bear licks metal signpost: tongue doesn’t stick! Every report just has to out do the last. Like the minimum wage, why stop at 11.6 degrees? Bidding opens at 25….

  5. proreason says:

    “This is not a theoretical thing that will happen 50 years from now. Things are happening now.”

    Yep. Rain, Snow, Tides.

    They happen every day.

    We should tax em.

    • Gila Monster says:

      Don’t give them any ideas there Pro, these dang moonbats will try anything under the sun to advance their libtard doctrine. ;o)

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Of Course! That’s why it’s called Weather! (e.g. “We Are Going To Grandma’s WHETHER It Rains Or Not! Now Get In The Car!). They just changed the spelling that’s all.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Now when you say the report is 200 pages, does it come with cartoons too?

    Also, can someone tell me why it’s so cold outside lately. It’s freakin’ June for cryin’ out loud!

    Finally, you think Barbara Boxer is just jealous of the much taller Chicken Little?

    • jobeth says:

      Hey RB…got your global warming right here….(central Florida…LOL)

      Hot, Humid, and Obalmy says the sea is rising…eek! Of course our lake out back is dropping…oh…. maybe THAT’S what is happening…all the lakes are draining into the sea! LOL

  7. Right of the People says:

    This is exactly what was stated a few months ago about Barry’s crisis de jour.

    When the Global Warming (I thought it was called climate change now because there was overwhelming proof that it was getting colder? But I digress.) male bovine excrement wasn’t flying then they jumped on the green energy band wagon until it stalled so the banking “crisis”/the CEO’s/Wall St. Fatcats are getting paid too much card was played then when that didn’t have the get up and go they wanted so the Medicare/we’re going to fix health care “crisis” was next. Now that even Congress and the UAW are saying, “Whoa, man that’s gonna take money out of our checks!” it’s back to the “SKY IS FALLING, THE SEAS ARE RISING AND THE PLANET IS AT STAKE!!!!” BS of Global (Climate Change) Warming is back again until we shout it down then we’ll either be back to green energy or the bankers or maybe some new “crisis”.

    Like LD said, if you can’t dazzle them with brillance, baffle ’em with BS. Foshizzle. (I thought I’d include that to be hip, Yo.)

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Word!

    • jobeth says:

      RTP…I always like to learn new words…LOL Foshizzle!

      I’ll be using that in a sentence every chance I get! (my very next trip into the hood) :-D

  8. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Am I wrong to look at that graphic of New Orleans underwater and hope that no one made it out?

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Yes. The fine folks at Galatoire’s, Acme Oyster House, Bayona, Mother’s, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Central Grocery, et al., need to be saved. As do their respective wine cellars. OK, Acme, Mother’s and Central Grocery don’t have wine cellars, but the rest…

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Well alright then Colonel, we’ll allow 4 buses for personnel and a semi for the wine.

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    Since he walks on water, why’s Obama worried?

  10. VMAN says:

    Global warming! Global warming! The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Tell a lie often enough and long enough and people will believe it. Now where have I heard that?

  11. Grassy Knoll says:

    Let me see if have this straight? We are in the midst of man-made global warming, except that there hasn’t really been any warming for about 10 years now. But that’s to be expected as part of global warming, we’re told. So, when it’s warm it’s because of global warming and when it’s cool it’s because of global warming. Got it.

    • JohnMG says:

      ….”In one of its key findings, the report warned: “Thresholds will be crossed, leading to large changes in climate and ecosystems.” The survival of some species could be affected, it said……..”

      If I could be assured that ‘nincompoopus liberalus’ would disappear forever from the face of the planet, I would fall prostrate and fervently pray that global warming proceed at an accelerated pace. As ol’ Will penned in one of his plays, “Tis a consumation devoutly to be wished.”

  12. nicotusc says:

    If Obama really believed in this stuff enough to do what’s politically painful, yet completely logical, he’d immediately halt any and all funding going to New Orleans for Katrina rebuilding efforts. The map clearly shows that the Big Easy will be competing with The Lost City of Atlantis for the Underwater Tourist dollar within a lifetime. So why are we putting ANY money into it? It would be cheaper to write checks to everyone living there for $100k and tell ’em to get the hell out.

    • JohnMG says:

      You’re probably right, nicotusc, but Obama would have the same problem with the NO residents as he’s having with the Gitmo prisoners. Nobody wants ’em!

  13. wirenut says:

    Nic, we’ve been sending them checks to stay there! Have Mercy.

  14. BatK says:

    The document, a climate status report required periodically by Congress, was a collaboration by about three dozen academic, government and institute scientists. It contains no new research, but it paints a fuller and darker picture of global warming in the United States than previous studies.

    So people with an agenda presented their case in such a way in order to persuade others of the aforementioned agenda? Shocking. I am not sure anybody who promotes this stuff ACTUALLY believes it… but it’s certainly imperative that they convince “us” it’s true … that’s how they do “terror” in the West… not with bombs, but with “news”

  15. bronzeprofessor says:

    I read Red Hot Lies, which I got from the Conservative Book Club. It’s a quick read, and written very well; the author gives endless examples of hoaxes and unprofessionalism surrounding the eco-crisis industry. I would recommend the book — and the Book Club, too, which has been my saving grace for quite a while. My favorite day of the month is when my box full of conservative books comes in. (Right now I’m getting through Sowell’s Black Rednecks and Stephen Slivinski’s Buck Wild.)


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