This week we learned from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) that Sea Level is going to rise 4 feet as a result of melt-water from the West Antarctic Glaciers. The process is described as unstoppable, and results from the shape of the Sea bottom and other physical processes, not just ocean temperature. If Ocean warming halted, it would take longer to melt, but the timeline for this process to play out is anywhere from 200 to 900 years. Given that the current measurable rate of sea level rise is one foot by 2100, you can figure that even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, sea level would be 5 feet higher in less than 900 years. This is the most optimistic scenario, since fossil fuel consumption is rising in other parts of the world. All of the prior estimates that clustered around 1-3 feet of sea level rise by the end of the Century will be revised upward.
The description given by NASA JPL is concise and sobering, yet resulted in a barrage of stories from Conservative media outlets about a climate scientist in Britain that wasn’t allowed to publish an editorial in a Climate Science Journal. Good luck finding any reporting on the NASA JPL scientific paper on the websites that publish the British climate scientist story. Such is the state of the “Global Warming Debate.”
The mainstream media is missing a very important point too. Although every major news outlet ran a piece on the pending slow, inevitable, melting of the West Antarctic Glaciers; Nobody keyed-in to the story that renewable energy is about the same cost as fossil fuels now. This promising bit of news has been reported by some financial and trade journals, but very few people have absorbed this fact. In many markets, clean energy has been cheaper for a long time, such as California. In those markets, fossil fuels are being relegated to providing auxiliary power. Given the rate of decline in pricing of renewables, and the increasing costs of fossil fuels, CO2 concentrations will accumulate at a slower rate in the foreseeable future. So What’s the Big Deal?
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