The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, Nov. 6
Alarmism over climate change serves no one. While many scientists agree the earth is warming, how much and how fast that will continue to occur is uncertain. So is the cause of the phenomenon.
None of that has stopped the anti-fossil fuels crowd – including some in the news media – from coming up with alarmist reports meant to scare Americans into taking drastic action now to curb use of coal, natural gas and oil.
A recent Associated Press report noted many in Virginia disagree with us in West Virginia about climate change. The situation in Hampton Roads was cited. The AP stated “studies suggest (the ocean level there) could increase another 2 to 5 feet by the end of the century.”
But the government’s own data says something very different. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts sea level at Hampton Roads will increase by 1 to 2 feet during the next 100 years.
And a large part of the problem isn’t the rising sea level – but the sinking land at Hampton Roads. The area sits on a geologic formation that is subsiding at the rate of 7 inches per century.
By all means, let’s talk about climate change. But let’s start with the truth.