The German media have been buzzing some with the recent NASA publication warning of rising sea levels for the future, and that we need to be very worried.
Maybe I’m reading more into the lines than I should, but I get the feeling that the increasingly dubious NASA climate science organization is no longer being taken 100% seriously by some major German outlets, who have started to label NASA scenarios and projections as “prophecies”.
For example Germany’s normally politically correct, devout green NTV here has the article bearing the title: “NASA prophesizes gigantic floods“.
Prophecies are more the sort of things one typically expects to hear from prophets. The trouble today is that anyone who claims to be a prophet or to possess prophet-like powers almost always gets equated to being a kook, quack, or charlatan. Moreover being labeled a prophet doesn’t get you much respect either. So you have to wonder about the NTV’s choice of words for the title of its story.
Could NTV journalists really be so dim and naïve as to actually believe in climate prophets?
NTV writes of an organization that seems to fancy itself as having visionary power to see the end of the world. NTV tells us:
An unavoidable sea level rise of at least one meter in the coming 100 to 200 years is the result of the latest research data.”
The NTV report then cites NASA prophet Tom Wagner:
NASA scientist Tom Wagner says that when the ice sheets break down on each other, even the risk of a sea level rise of three meters over the coming 100 to 200 years is thinkable.”
Okay, these visions may be still a bit fuzzy, but the NASA
scientists prophets know almost for sure they are out there. And again the prophecy of doom gets repeated at the end of the article by prophet Steve Nerem:
‘Things will probably get worse in the future,’ prophesizes Nerem as a result of global warming.”
Again this is the NTV using the word “prophesizes”.
Of course there are only a few teensy-weensy problems with NASA’s prophecies of doom. 1) The hundreds of coastal tide gauges show no acceleration in sea level rise and they show a rise that is much less than what has been measured by the seemingly poorly calibrated satellites, 2) polar sea ice has recovered over the past years, 3) polar temperatures have flattened, or are even declining, 4) global temperatures have flattened, and 5) there’s a growing number of scientists who are now telling us that we should be expecting global cooling over the coming decades.
Moreover, new Greenland data show growing ice (more on this tomorrow).
I’ll let the readers judge for themselves on whether NASA scientists are true prophets, or if they are behaving more like snake oil peddling charlatans.
Myself I’ve lost all respect for the space organization. It’s become a grossly distorted caricature of what scientific research is about.
200 years in the future… yeah, right!