The Tide's Not Rushing In

Clarice Feldman13 Apr, 2024 2 Min Read
Not the fault of the Macedonians or Ptolemies.

The Wall Street Journal reports that very few voters, including the very young are taking the doom-mongering of "climate change" seriously: “A Journal poll, which surveyed voters in seven swing states in March, found that just 3% of 18-to-34-year-old voters named climate change as their top issue, with most citing the economy, inflation or immigration. That is roughly in line with voters of all ages, 2% of whom cited climate change as their top issue.” They have no reason to, given that such claims have regularly proven to be false, something The Pipeline has reliably tracked.

In one bogus example of "climate change," consider the claims the low-lying Pacific islands of Tuvalu and the Maldives will sink as "climate change" will cause the surrounding waters to rise and engulf them. The claims begin with interviews of indigenous people squatting near the shorelines and repeating to reporters what they’ve been told: that absent an infusion of a lot of foreign money to ameliorate it, they and their homes will be lost to surging waters. This piece in the Guardian is typical:

On the hottest days, Leitu Frank feels like she can’t breathe any more. The housewife and mother of five decamps from her airless concrete home to catch the breeze in a simple wooden shack by the water’s edge. She folds washing and stares out at the unsettled turquoise sea, its moods and rhythms increasingly unpredictable, as its rising proximity threatens to strangle her family.

“The sea is eating all the sand,” says Frank, 32, dressed in a pink stretchy T-shirt and faded sarong. “Before, the sand used to stretch out far, and when we swam we could see the sea floor, and the coral. Now, it is cloudy all the time, and the coral is dead. Tuvalu is sinking.”

The fourth smallest nation in the world, Tuvalu is home to just 11,000 people, most of whom live on the largest island of Fongafale, where they are packed in and fighting for space. Tuvalu’s total land area accounts for less than 26 sq km.

Once again, empirical evidence exposes these claims as bunkum. Many islands are stable, some are increasing land mass, and other factors are at play. Mostly local human activities, not "climate change," are causing any seaward expansion:

A recent study found that the 101 islands of Tuvalu had grown in land mass by 2.9%. The scientists observed that despite rising sea levels, many shorelines in Tuvalu and neighbouring Pacific atolls have maintained relative stability, “without significant alteration”. A comprehensive re-examination of data on 30 Pacific and Indian Ocean atolls with 709 islands found that none of them had lost any land. Furthermore, the scientists added, there are data that indicate 47 reef islands expanded in size or remained stable over the last 50 years, “despite experiencing a rate of sea-level rise that exceeds the global average”.

The study’s conclusions , well-supported by empirical data: include this:

Contrary to initial assumptions, our empirical data does not conclusively link the widespread erosion of island shorelines primarily to historical sea-level rise, suggesting that human activities might mask the effects of sea-level rise.

Who needs facts, when there are narratives to be pushed to line grifters' pockets?

Clarice Feldman is a retired attorney living in Washington, D.C. During her legal career she represented the late labor leader Joseph ("Jock") Yablonski and the reform mine workers against Tony Boyle. She served as an attorney with the Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations, in which role she prosecuted those who aided the Nazis in World War II. She has written for The Weekly Standard and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.


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One comment on “The Tide's Not Rushing In”

  1. Being told it would never snow again then it snowed two feet or more Greenpeace needs to be held responsible and that goes for the rest of the Climate Alarmist idiots

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