Rep. Brooks asks if rocks cause sea level rise

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

Duffy, the president of the Woods Hole Research Center in MA and a former senior adviser to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, patiently responded to the silly claim:I'm pretty sure that on human time scales, those are minuscule effects.

Scientists assert that the marked rise in sea levels over the last century has been directly due to human activity pushing heat-trapping emissions into the atmosphere which is causing rising temperatures as well as rising seas. "Now you have got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up", he said.

The stupid, it burns: GOP Congressman Mo Brooks claims falling rocks are to blame for rising sea levels, not climate change.

The goal of the hearing was to focus on how technology could be used for climate change adaptation but it clearly driven towards the basics of climate change.

Duffy responded that he did not believe that explained sea-level rise.

Brooks then argued that ice sheets in the Antarctic are growing, not shrinking, which, according to E&E News, was accurate a few years ago, but is not relevant to the global warming debate because "different factors affect the Arctic and Antarctic rates of melting".

Phil Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in MA and a former senior adviser to the US Global Change Research Program, took issue with Brooks' theories.

"All of that displaces the water which forces it to rise, does it not?"

"What about the white cliffs of Dover, California", Brooks interrupted, "where time and time again you're having the waves crash against the shorelines, and time and time again, you're having the cliffs crash into the sea".

Duffy answered: "I'm pretty sure on human timescales, those are minuscule effects".

"None of that is new", Duffy said. Brooks asked where Duffy got that information, and Duffy cited NASA satellite photos. "And apparently, they're telling you one thing and me a different thing".

In response, Duffy clarified that studies have shown evidence that sea levels have fluctuated since humans appeared.

In particular, Brooks proposed that land erosion - and most specifically, large rocks falling into the ocean - could be the primary culprit for rising sea levels.

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