Morehead City, N.C.
June 10, 2018
TO THE EDITOR:
In response to the interesting News-Times editorial column on June 6th entitled “So the sea is rising,” the following are thoughts over time, causing me to put pen to paper.
The views expressed here should be considered part satire because they are unscientific and some conjecture, but also perhaps containing some grains of truth.
For years I have observed arguments on all sides of the “sea level rise” controversy. For our coastal areas, this subject is a big deal. After all our county has a town named “Sea Level.”
Sea level rise has been regularly cited as physical evidence that global warming, climate change and pollution are the causes. This, of course, has been the claim of former Vice President Al Gore, who possibly became a billionaire promoting this theory and also claiming to have invented the internet. Since all of this uproar by special interests, the federal government has expanded by the creation of the EPA and its far reaching, intrusive and intimidating regulations. Massive expenses are incurred by corporations and individuals in compliance, construction and engineering costs, legal fees and penalties. Also, vehicle repairs due to the despised “check engine light” (a boon for repair and parts shops). But incidentally, it is interesting that the most polluting is diesel powered vehicles. They belch out raw black smoke, but conversely are not required to comply with pollution standards or inspections. Their only requirement is for a yearly safety inspection.
Taxpayers are funding a current EPA budget of almost $5,655,000,000 ($5.655 billion) with 14,162 employees. Do we all feel safer and more secure now? Yet, it still seems a mystery just how air pollution can cause sea level rise.
According to professional scientific sources named in the News-Times editorial, the measured “annual increase” in the sea level has not changed in over 80 years that records were available. So what can be the cause of the infinitesimal 1.8 millimeters per year sea level rise globally including the USA?
A broad view is that sea level rise possibly results mostly from causes other than climate change, global warming or air pollution, including the following:
1. Significant shoreline erosion and gradually sinking adjacent land. Shifting tides, currents and violent storms are slowly sucking the earth into the sea.
2. Rainwater and naturally melting snow flows from mountains and high ground toward the sea, into lakes, also influences and raises the earth’s underground water table.
3. Formation of underwater reefs (natural and man-made).
4. Hundreds of years accumulation on the seabed of debris, sunken ships and crafts of all types. Also, merchant vessels dumping trash, debris, cargo, ballast material on the high seas.
5. Tsunami, volcanic and earthquake eruptions. The planet is ever-changing with its varied seasons and nature’s evolutions and phenomenon. In humor, since planet earth is just rolling around in the universe in orbit, it is a wonder that seawater doesn’t spill out into space. Thankfully however, the Creator of the Universe possesses attributes which include: design engineer, expert scientist and overseer of a divine order of things.
A combination of the above factors involving “volume” leads to the following over simplified example:
When someone partially fills a bucket with water, and then adds other objects, including soil, the water level will rise to overflowing. End of story.