GOP Congressman Claims Falling Rocks Cause Rising Sea Levels

GOP lawmaker says climate change not behind rising sea levels

Phil Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in MA and a former senior adviser to the US Global Change Research Program, took issue with Brooks' theories.

Brooks made his decidedly unscientific remarks during a hearing on technology and the changing climate.

"Sea levels over the last three million years have gone up and down in line with the cycles of ice ages and interglacials, and I can expound on the science of that if you wish", Duffy said in response to a question about rising and lowers seas from Brooks.

Brooks then said he's seen evidence that ice levels in the Antarctic are growing.

When Duffy attempted to continue his explanation, Brooks was still not happy and continued to ask for Duffy to list other specific factors contributing to the rising seas. Are there other factors?

A day after the listening to, the committee tweeted a hyperlink to an op-ed from The Wall Street Journal denying local weather change prompted sea-level rise. During his time in Congress, Brooks has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of climate science, suggesting that global warming is not necessarily caused by humans.

"I'm pretty sure that-" the scientist stuttered.

"All of that displaces the water which forces it to rise, does it not?"

Brooks also said that erosion played a major role, explaining that silt washing into the ocean from major rivers like the MS, the Amazon and the Nile contributed to sea-level rise.

"What about the white cliffs of Dover, California", Brooks interrupted, "where time and time again you're having the waves crash against the shorelines, and time and time again, you're having the cliffs crash into the sea. Those are minuscule effects", said Duffy.

Duffy disagreed, noting that "we have satellite records clearly documenting a shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage" and citing "the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration" for his data.

Brooks ended the exchange by saying "I've got a NASA base in my district and apparently, they're telling you one thing and me a different thing".

A recent study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also showed sea levels are rising due to climate change.



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