The (Charleston) Post and Courier has been banging the drum for years about the “climate change” agenda. Those pushing the agenda claim that human carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are trapping heat and causing temperatures and sea levels to rise. Here are the facts – CO2 makes up only 0.04% of the atmosphere, and human activity only accounts for about 3% of that tiny concentration.
Among the solutions cited by global warming alarmists in the newspaper are a suggestion by University of South Carolina biologist Ryan Rykaczewski that we should eat less meat and a call to increase taxes on electricity and motor fuels by Coastal Conservation League lobbyist Dana Beach.
There have been numerous climate change cycles in recorded and geological history. South Carolina’s coastline used to extend inland to Columbia, where shark’s teeth have been discovered. The Vikings farmed Greenland during the Medieval Warming Period from 950-1250 AD, long before cars and electrical power plants were on the scene. The Little Ice Age followed from 1300-1850 AD, when rivers in North America and Europe froze.
The University of Alabama at Huntsville has satellite data showing that global Mean Surface Temperatures are virtually unchanged since 1998. Contrary to the Post and Courier scare series on “climate change”, a 2015 report by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shows that Antarctic ice has been accumulating since 1992. The Post and Courier claims the Antarctic ice is melting.
The Charleston newspaper cited a December 2015 report by City of Charleston staff asserting that sea level rises will cost the city $1.5 Billion over the next 50 years. If they believe that, why are they supporting building massive apartment complexes in existing wetlands?
Let’s adopt a common-sense position that human activity has no impact on temperature and sea level. When it comes to minimizing flooding in the lowcountry, let’s encourage our local governments to stop paving over the wetlands, which absorb stormwater runoff, and actually do maintenance and upgrades to our neglected drainage system.