The Stupidity of Climate Hysterics

Senator Marco Rubio is being called "an idiot" by the mayor of South Miami because he has differing views on climate change than the hysterics.

"Rubio is an idiot," South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said, as quoted by The Guardian. "He says he is not a scientist so he doesn't have a view about climate change and sea-level rise and so won't do anything about it."

Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential contender, has said that he doesn't agree with the notion of man-made climate change.

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," he said in a May interview on ABC's "This Week." "That's what I do not -- and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy."

Stoddard, who is also a biology professor, contrasted Rubio with his Democratic counterpart Sen. Bill Nelson, who Stoddard said has been holding field hearings where scientists can explain the significance of the data on sea-level rise and climate change to people.

In the Guardian, a geology professor paints a dire picture of Miami's future:

"There has been a rise of about 10 inches in sea levels since the 19th century – brought about by humanity's heating of the planet through its industrial practices – and that is now bringing chaos to Miami Beach by regularly flooding places like Alton Road," says Harold Wanless, a geology professor at the University of Miami. "And it is going to get worse. By the end of this century we could easily have a rise of six feet, possibly 10 feet. Nothing much will survive that. Most of the land here is less than 10 feet above sea level."

Note that the good professor actually believes in the boiling frog scenario -- that city residents will sit there and watch as the waters rise above their head and they all die a horrible death (killed by global warming) without doing anything to save themselves. Most of Holland is 13 feet below sea level, but thanks to a series of dykes and dams, they've been able to thrive as a civilization for more than a thousand years. But Miami residents aren't smart enough to protect themselves if it comes to that?

Note also the extreme range of sea level rise suggested by the professor -- 6 to 10 feet. That's a monumental difference in the scheme of things since a rise of 6 feet is far more manageable than 10 feet.

Also, the professor fails to inform us how much of that 10 inch rise in sea level was in the 19th century when there was a miniscule amount of industrial activity compared to today. Any rise in sea levels in the 19th century would not be due to humans so why include that time period except to make the rise seem more dramatic?

Any "solution" offered by climate hysterics is not going to lower greenhouse gas emissions by one single molecule as long as China is constructing dozens of coal fired electric plants every year.

If all they've got is name calling, their case for catastrophic global warming must be weak indeed.