This file is a very brief diary of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant.
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Roanoke Times, 12-1-10, Pg 13: Old Dominion University president John Broderick and Professor Larry Atkinson want $200,000 plus additional grants and new hires to study rising sea levels.
The premise of the article is that increasing sea levels are impacts of man-made climate change. For a free introduction to the subject one could simply click on the following links that clearly show that sea level change (and associated plate tectonics that in many locations is more significant than the sea level change) is one of earth’s ongoing natural variations.
Historical data shows that 16,000 years ago the Atlantic Ocean was 400 feet lower than today and the Outer Banks were 50 miles east (out at the continental shelf). The data shows that sea levels rose 8 inches during the 20th century and not the 16 inches claimed in this article (apparently more Gore-ApocalypseNow alarmism!).
The historic data also shows great variations in ocean sea levels and that over most of geologic history long-term average sea level has been significantly higher than today; and that the sea level rise has been far more moderate for the past 6,000 years than the prior 6,000 years before that.
The bottom line is that the sea levels are rising and have been for over 20,000 years, well before mankind was driving automobiles. Based on Al Gores latest purchase of an $8 million dollar house near the ocean in California, it appears that Al’s smart enough to not listen to his own alarmist rhetoric.
Putting the Gore-Hysteria aside; studies are indeed warranted to start planning for the dikes (dyke's) that will be required in the future if the coastal cities and tributaries are to remain dry. This will range far inland on rivers like the Hudson where the tide affects water levels to Troy NY 150 miles from the ocean.
One could start the study asking why taxpayers are paying Billions of dollars to re-flood the swamps in southern Florida when we should be erecting dyke's along the coastline similar to the Mississippi River bank barriers and make them expandable to follow the examples in Holland.
An ironic view of this situation is that the theme song for the 1939 New York World's Fair was “Rising Tide”; it played continually in the Perisphere which will surely be under water in a thousand years unless we go back into another “little ice age”.
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