I just read a news article from May 17, 2018. Somehow I missed the stupidity when it first happened. It seems that yet another prizewinning comment comes from the Deep South, as Alabama Republican Mo Brooks explained why oceans around the world are rising. Apparently, the water is being displaced by falling rocks and erosion that occurs as silt is deposited by rivers. He reasons that waves crashing against cliffs, knocking rocks into the seas is one major reason why we’re about to have some major flooding.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be writing about this, since it happened almost a year ago. Still, I read about this after a leisurely snooze and it was just ridiculous enough to jar me out of my sleepy state. Mr. Brooks was attending a hearing held by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on how technology can be used to address climate change. He came up with this brilliant reasoning as to why the waters are rising. I mean, we’ve all seen what happens when we get into a bathtub, right? The water gets displaced.
Philip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, whom Brooks was questioning about the matter, responded “I’m pretty sure that on human time scales, those are minuscule effects.”
Duffy is right, according to the Washington Post. From the article:
“The Post found that it would take the equivalent of the top five inches of land from the entire surface area of the United States to cause the oceans to rise the 3.3 millimeters a year currently seen. And those five inches would have to fall into the oceans every year to explain the current rate at which they are rising.”
For more reading on this particular idiotic incident from May 2018, click here.