Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet. The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover and hillsides in California are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise.

Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet. The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover and hillsides in California are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise.
Those are some of the claims voiced by Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee in a recent hearing, as reported by Energy & Environment News. The hearing was held to look at how technology could be employed for adapting to climate change. But the hearing frequently turned to the basics of climate science. Vice-Chairman Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks argued with leading climate scientist Dr. Philip Duffy. Dr. Duffy spent much of the two hours correcting misstatements.
Brooks has a degree in political science and economics, and a law degree. He has no background in science.
Dr. Duffy is a physicist with a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford, served as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Chief Scientist for Climate Central, former senior adviser to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and has held senior research positions for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
He is currently President of the Woods Hole Research Center. Dr. Duffy is probably the leading expert on climate change, an expert on domestic and international policy, climate change negotiations, climate change adaption, extreme weather risk, and climate modeling.
Vice-Chairman Brooks said he believes that erosion plays a significant role in sea-level rise, which is not an idea embraced by mainstream climate researchers in the U.S. or around the world. He said the California coastline and the White Cliffs of Dover tumble into the sea every year, and that contributes to sea-level rise. He also said that silt washing into the ocean from the world's major rivers, including the Mississippi, the Amazon and the Nile, is contributing to sea-level rise.
Brooks claimed that "(e)very 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 also said he believes that Antarctic ice is growing. Dr. Duffy assured him that “(w)e have satellite records clearly documenting a shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage," based on data from The National Snow and Ice Data Center and satellite photos from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA.)
So Brooks is Vice-Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Science and Space, and a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, with no science background or credentials, attempting to school the world's leading climate scientist on climate science by explaining how the seas are rising not because the icecaps are melting, but because rocks fall into the ocean. Maybe we could use that same logic to argue that by taking fish from the oceans, or preventing bathers on the world's beaches from entering the water, we offset the effects of rocks falling in?
This is a classic example of the danger of appointing persons with no expertise to head committees tasked with understanding and making decisions affecting the welfare of our nation, or of electing persons who do not like government, to run government. If we are to continue to survive as an intelligent, resourceful and important nation in the world, we really need to start appointing and electing better leaders.


Mike Davis writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.