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Global warming, or climate change has somehow become a strongly partisan issue. Rush Limbaugh has done his part to label anyone who thinks there is truth to the theory as "environmentalist wackos." Hannity pooh-poohs it as well, taking the bizarre position that if Al Gore has a big house and flies in private planes, that fact somehow disproves everything.
The biggest bone of contention is not so much whether climate change is happening or not, but if humans cause it. This story takes the political completely out of the equation. According to the story, sea levels are rising, there's nothing we can do about it, and that much of America's coastlines will be under water in 50 to 150 years. It's sobering, whether you're a conservative wingnut or a lefty moonbat.
Sea Level Rise Could Flood Many Cities
Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting. In about a century, some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased.
Global warming - through a combination of melting glaciers, disappearing ice sheets and warmer waters expanding - is expected to cause oceans to rise by one meter, or about 39 inches. It will happen regardless of any future actions to curb greenhouse gases, several leading scientists say. And it will reshape the nation. [snip]
"We're going to get a meter and there's nothing we can do about it," said University of Victoria climatologist Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the February report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Paris. "It's going to happen no matter what - the question is when."
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