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Thursday, May 17, 2018

E&E science reporter Scott Waldman writes about a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing that was supposed to be looking at deploying technology to fight climate change. Instead, a top climate change scientist, Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center, spent much of the time fielding basic questions and misconceptions. Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks appears to believe that rocks falling into the ocean could cause sea-level rise. "Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up," Brooks said.

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#1 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-05-17 03:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I told my grandson to stop throwing rocks in the water, he's causing sea level rise.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-17 04:15 PM | Reply

Sea levels can't rise. The water is already flowing over the edge.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-17 04:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Let's even imagine for a second that he's correct. Would erosion of the land on such a massive scale be a crisis in its own right?

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-17 05:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It is the fault of poor people. They are the ones throwing the rocks

Now excuse me while I roll in the tax breaks I got on 6 million

-- Lou Dobby, Fox Newz House Elf

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-05-17 07:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I blame the water rising on fat people swimming in the ocean.

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-05-17 08:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

I blame the water rising on fat people swimming in the ocean.

POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS AT 2018-05-17 08:19 PM | REPLY

You shut your mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#7 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-05-17 08:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

You shut your mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#7 | Posted by LauraMohr

That's why I stay on the beach

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-05-17 08:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That's why I stay on the beach

POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS AT 2018-05-17 08:47 PM | REPLY

I've never seen the ocean but every large body of water that I've been at I stay very close to shore. I CAN'T SWIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-05-17 09:16 PM | Reply

You can swim in the ocean Laura. Go to Hawai'i not the volcano part, I mean Kaui'i . Rent a snorkel and some fins and go see the fish and turtles. The water is so buoyant it's hard swim under.

#10 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-17 09:42 PM | Reply

$8 to rent fins and a snorkel in Hawaii was the best $8 I ever spent on any holiday.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-17 09:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11 No kidding. First time for me. I felt like Jaque Cousteau. It was like swimming in an aquarium. You can't see a single thing until you stick your goggles in the water . One of the best experiences of my life.

#12 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-17 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In the old days, it was just red wire blue wire.

#13 | Posted by ajwood at 2018-05-17 10:48 PM | Reply

"Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up"

Huh.

What happens if you use the ocean as a trash can and toilet? Asking for 7.6 billion humans.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-17 11:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are obviously uneducated morons on both sides of the aisle - remember this brilliant Dem Congressman Hank Johnson who feared Guam will tip over, March 25, 2010 ...

www.youtube.com

--- for Tat children, --- for Tat :)

#15 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-05-17 11:41 PM | Reply

Mo Brooks is mo betta than you science nerds! He knows the truth because he has seen the signs! You know the ones I'm talking about: the ones that say DANGER FALLING ROCK.

Why do you think those signs are posted all over America? They were trying to warn us, duh.

#16 | Posted by cbob at 2018-05-18 09:01 AM | Reply

CBOB

No, "Falling Rock" was the name of an Indian brave who never returned from his quest to prove his bravery so he could marry Heap Big Chief's daughter. She was heartbroken. It's been a legend in Indian lore long before America was even discovered. All over the country you still see signs that say "Look Out For Falling Rock."

Back on topic: It would be nice if someone would give Alabama Republican Rep, Mo Brooks, a tutorial on melting icebergs.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-05-18 09:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks - continuing to reinforce the Alabama stereotype. What is the this wizard's IQ? Seriously.

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-05-18 10:06 AM | Reply

Republican Blames Rising Sea Levels on Falling Rocks

And conservative morons on this site will be repeating that argument within days.

There's a reason republicans do well among less educated voters. You have to be totally ignorant to think their ideas make sense.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-18 11:27 AM | Reply

There are obviously uneducated morons on both sides of the aisle - remember this brilliant Dem Congressman Hank Johnson who feared Guam will tip over, March 25, 2010 ...

www.youtube.com

--- for Tat children, --- for Tat :)

#15 | Posted by MSgt

You mean you can't tell the difference between obvious jokes and a serious statements?

Of course you can't. Republicanism is an IQ test failure.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-18 11:28 AM | Reply

And what about very large fish, like blue whales. Isn't the growing population of these fish likely contributing to sea level rise?

#21 | Posted by horstngraben at 2018-05-18 11:39 AM | Reply

#20 Johnson wasnt joking. He's an imbecile.

#22 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-05-18 11:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#21 | Posted by horstngraben

I'd give you a FF for that but (blue whales - fish) but it is sad their numbers are declining.

#23 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-05-18 12:47 PM | Reply

#22 | Posted by MUSTANG

I have to agree with you.

#24 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-05-18 12:51 PM | Reply

#20 Johnson wasnt joking. He's an imbecile.

#22 | Posted by MUSTANG

1. You're wrong.

2. Even if you were right, that would make 1 scientifically ignorant democrat, compared to the entire party of scientifically ignorant republicans.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-18 01:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Why does it seem like the dumbest congresscritters get tossed onto Committees that they have no business going anywhere near? It's like they think they are signing up for classes at some TrumpU-grade low-rent university.

"Hmm, Committee on Science, Space and Technology, that sounds like a fun class. I'll just spend the whole semester arguing with the misguided, liberalized professor! Yeah, that sounds like fun!"

And so the dumbing-down continues.

#26 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2018-05-18 03:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What is the this wizard's IQ? Seriously.

#18 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

High enough that his fellow Alabamians think he is smart, apparently.

#27 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-05-18 08:52 PM | Reply

HORSTNGRABEN @21

"And what about very large fish, like blue whales. Isn't the growing population of these fish likely contributing to sea level rise?

Whales? A fish?

Are you from Alabama?

#28 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-05-19 04:55 AM | Reply

High enough that his fellow Alabamians think he is smart, apparently.

#27 | POSTED BY WOE_IS_W

Well... that is just setting that bar right there on the ground.

Alabama is one of those.... how would Trump phrase it? Yeah, -------- state.

#29 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-05-19 04:06 PM | Reply

Fun math... rough (very, very rough) calculations suggest that if you were to lop off the entire mass of land above sea level, build an appropriately tall ---- around the edges, and drop that material into the ocean, you'd get a rise of ~340-350m. This was calculated by determining the volume of material above sea level, adding it to the volume of the ocean, and then dividing by the area of the ocean. I could be completely off base (i'm very out of practice in math), but if someone cares to do more (accurate) math, I'd love to see (sea?) it.

#30 | Posted by bobb at 2018-05-19 10:08 PM | Reply

The blotted out word should be something akin to wall/dam, built to keep land below sea level from flooding. I understand why the word was banned; it's a shame filters don't understand context yet, because you know, sometimes words have two meanings :)

#31 | Posted by bobb at 2018-05-20 08:56 AM | Reply

"And what about very large fish, like blue whales. Isn't the growing population of these fish likely contributing to sea level rise?"

Never mind that whales are mammals not fish but since everything a whale consumes which is how it grows comes from the sea then no, they do not contribute to sea level rise. They are just converting one type of material, already in the ocean, into another type of material; i.e. their bodies.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-20 09:42 AM | Reply

28, 29, 32.....

Sarcasm is wasted on you all

#33 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-05-20 05:17 PM | Reply

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