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Rising Sea Levels the “Greatest Lie Ever Told”?

Christopher Booker recently wrote an article for the Telegraph in which he interviews Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner about his criticisms of Al Gore’s estimates on the rising sea levels.

Mörner claims that Gore is simply fear-mongering and is basing all his estimates on “deliberate ignorance and reliance on rigged computer models.” Mörner’s research, suggests that sea levels haven’t risen in 50 years and will only marginally rise, if at all, in the next 100. He claims his predictions are accurate since they are based on field research.

Booker also makes his bias on the issue quite plain by introducing Mörner as “one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world.”

Mörner, however,  is best known for two things: being a regular detractor of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and water witching.

You read that correctly. Now I hate the ad hominem fallacy but I don’t have time or access to make going through Mörner’s research a possibility, so I may have to make an exception here. The man believes he can find underground streams with a magic wand! So I’m going to have to go ahead and take his “research” with a giant sack of salt.

For those of you who want to defend it, let’s just put it this way, if you can prove your ability to find water with a wand then you can earn $1,000,000. If you know of someone who can do it you can earn a $50,000 finder’s fee. Obviously the reason this hasn’t been collected, or even attempted to be collected, is that it simply doesn’t work.

I am curious if Mörner even accepts that the ice caps are melting at an alarming rate?

It is truly unfortunate that the battle lines are drawn in environmental issues like this. Instead of a search for truth, sides, attack a position with the idea in mind that making it appear less credible will harm the “other side’s” position. If sea levels aren’t rising then maybe polar ice caps aren’t melting. If the ice isn’t melting than global warming must not be happening. If global warming isn’t happening then humans aren’t impacting the environment and it’s time to throw a giant petroleum party.

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