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John Stossel questions the “consensus” regarding climate change

Posted by Poorsummary on October 20, 2007

Stossel reports on the actual facts surrounding climate change:

“Gore says that if we allow the globe to warm, ‘sea levels worldwide would go up 20 feet.’ Then he shows his audience terrifying maps of Florida and San Francisco submerged under rising sea levels. But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared last week’s Nobel Prize with Gore, said that would probably take thousands of years to happen. Over the next 100 years, sea levels are expected to rise seven to 24 inches, not 20 feet.”

Read the whole article here.

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4 Responses to “John Stossel questions the “consensus” regarding climate change”

  1. jonnonogood said

    This is wrong. Maybe get your facts correct. In the movie Gore says that “If Greenland broke up and melted, or if half of Greenland and half of West Antarctica broke up and melted, this is what would happen to the sea level in Florida. This is what would happen in the San Francisco Bay. A lot of people live in these areas. The Netherlands, the Low Countries: absolutely devastation. The area around Beijing is home to tens of millions of people. Even worse, in the area around Shanghai, there are 40 million people. Worse still, Calcutta, and to the east Bangladesh, the area covered includes 50 million people. Think of the impact of a couple of hundred thousand refugees when they are displaced by an environmental event and then imagine the impact of a 100 million or more. Here is Manhattan. This is the World Trade Center memorial site. After the horrible events of 9/11 we said never again. This is what would happen to Manhattan. They can measure this precisely, just as scientists could predict precisely how much water would breach the levee in New Orleans.” This what the 2007 IPCC report agrees with. You sad little man, learn your facts.

  2. jonnonogood said

    Thats is a 20ft rise if Greenland melted. He never stated a date to when this would happen. Go read a book!

  3. oskarlange said

    I understand your concern. Seeing people misquoted is very frustrating when one is trying to engage in a discussion. Another thing that is very frustrating, and extremely counterproductive, is ad hominum attacks on someone because they disagree with you on a particular issue (or, in this case, quote someone who disagrees with you on a particular issue). If you want to persuade people to your cause, I suggest you spend less time calling people names, and more time pointing out facts. Just a suggestion.

    As to your concern, my post was merely quoting an article from Stossel that I found interesting. I would have to review Gore’s documentary as well as the IPCC report to verify whether there is (or, as you suggest, is not) a discrepancy there. I tend to believe Stossel at this point in the debate, rather than you, Jonnonogood, but when I get around to it, I’ll compare Gore’s claims with those of the IPCC, and happily remove Stossel’s quotation if it is erroneous.

    If you really want to flame the author of my quote, I suggest you take it up at Stossel’s blog .

  4. […] by oskarlange on November 12th, 2007 A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a John Stossel article on global warming. My link to the article elicited the following response from Jonnonogood: “This is wrong. […]

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