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    GOP congressman asks if rocks are causing sea levels to rise

    A member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology evinced skepticism about climate change during an exchange with a witness about rising sea levels.

    Instead, Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks offered an additional culprit: soil or rock deposits into the world's waters.

    A study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March documented accelerating sea-level rise driven by climate change.

    E&E News reported on the comments of Brooks and others at the hearing, including California GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher who said he was "disturbed" that he heard people warning against questioning the link between human activity and climate change.

    On Wednesday, at a hearing titled "using technology to address climate change," Brooks began by raising a broad question about rising ocean levels to the witness panel.

    Phillip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, said in response to the question that "the last 100-year increase in sea-level rise, as I mentioned earlier, has clearly been attributed to human activities, greenhouse gas emissions."

    Brooks interjected and rephrased his question again, asking if there "are other factors."

    "What about erosion?" Brooks offered during the exchange. He added: "Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you've got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up."

    Duffy responded that he did not believe that explained sea-level rise.

    "I'm pretty sure that on human time scales those are minuscule effects," Duffy said.

    Brooks then moved to ice levels and asserted that Antarctic ice is growing, to which Duffy responded that satellite records have documented "shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage."

    Brooks wrapped up his questioning by saying he had heard differently from NASA, and said there were "plenty of studies" showing an ice sheet increase in Antarctica.

    "I've got a NASA base in my district," Brooks said. "And apparently, they're telling you one thing and me a different thing."

    A day after the hearing, the committee tweeted a link to an op-ed from The Wall Street Journal denying climate change caused sea-level rise.

    According to NASA, Antarctica's ice sheets have lost mass since 2002.

    The agency's site also said, "Sea level rise is caused primarily by two factors related to global warming: the added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers and the expansion of seawater as it warms."

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    What a dolt. Everyone knows liberal tears are responsible.

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    The real question is if this will hasten Guam tipping over
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbgun View Post
    What a dolt. Everyone knows liberal tears are responsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbgun View Post
    What a dolt. Everyone knows liberal tears are responsible.
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    It's a valid question. Maybe the answer is "no" but it's not like its an ignorant question.

    Like, is it any more unreasonable to say the answer is "ice melting"?

    Anything on a large enough scale is what is going to cause it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mschmidt64 View Post
    It's a valid question. Maybe the answer is "no" but it's not like its an ignorant question.

    Like, is it any more unreasonable to say the answer is "ice melting"?

    Anything on a large enough scale is what is going to cause it.
    Not to mention what he really asked was about erosion. But no, saying the words erosion doesn't make him sound stupid enough, so we have to claim he asked if rocks were causing it.

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    Mo Brooks for Governor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipolarFan View Post
    Brooks then moved to ice levels and asserted that Antarctic ice is growing, to which Duffy responded that satellite records have documented "shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage."

    Brooks wrapped up his questioning by saying he had heard differently from NASA, and said there were "plenty of studies" showing an ice sheet increase in Antarctica.

    "I've got a NASA base in my district," Brooks said. "And apparently, they're telling you one thing and me a different thing."

    A day after the hearing, the committee tweeted a link to an op-ed from The Wall Street Journal denying climate change caused sea-level rise.

    According to NASA, Antarctica's ice sheets have lost mass since 2002.

    The agency's site also said, "Sea level rise is caused primarily by two factors related to global warming: the added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers and the expansion of seawater as it warms."
    Yeah this guy is a genius. Why is it that conservatives in the US are literally the only group in any industrialized country that doubts global warming? Why are American conservatives so anti-science, so against education? It's weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostxn View Post
    Yeah this guy is a genius. Why is it that conservatives in the US are literally the only group in any industrialized country that doubts global warming? Why are American conservatives so anti-science, so against education? It's weird.
    They only want the elites to be educated.

    The rest they want smart enough to take direction, but dumb enough not to think critically.

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