GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels

May 22, 2018

By Avery Anapol

A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research.

Climate scientist Philip Duffy testified before the panel, addressing lawmakers’ questions about climate change, according to E&E News.

“The rate of global sea-level rise has accelerated and is now four times faster than it was 100 years ago,” Duffy told the panel.

Brooks said that erosion played a factor in that.

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4 comments on “GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels

  • @OP – A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee
    said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline,
    as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally.

    Obviously this block-head never studied basic geography or geology at school!

    Silt from rivers is heavier than water, and consequently causes the sea-floor under deltas to sink into the Earth under the increased load!
    Various man made activities further aggravate this and the problems arising from this – such as artificial levees preventing the build up of new layers of replacement silt, raising the sea floor and coastal flood-plains, to compensate for the sinking!

    http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6267

    The combination of sinking deltas and rising seas will increase the damages caused by hurricanes and other flooding events. In the past decade, 85 percent of the world’s major deltas experienced severe floods, the study found.

    The Mississippi Delta has been sinking due to the artificial levee system built along the river and the removal of the delta’s oil and gas reserves. Before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans in 2005, the Louisiana coast was losing 62 square kilometers of land each year. New Orleans’ best hurricane defense, the Louisiana wetlands, continues to wash away into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Similar delta conditions have imperiled thousands of flood victims in the Irrawaddy Delta of Myanmar and the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta of India and Bangladesh in recent years.

    US politicians MIGHT be expected to educate themselves on local physical geography and its implications for US coastal communities! – Especially after disasters such as the Katrina flooding of new Orleans!



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