(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) While conveying his experience seeing Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” a Miami Herald columnist said the effects of stormwaters and sea level rise on the city have been exaggerated by the former vice president — according to “scientists” he has inquired with.
In a commentary published Wednesday, Andres Oppenheimer related how he attended a private screening of the follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth” a week earlier, and explained how he got stuck at the theater because heavy (and common) south Florida rains flooded the parking lot and surrounding streets.
“During the movie, I couldn’t help chuckling when I saw Gore on-screen wading in rain boots through the water on a flooded Miami Beach street, and saying that Miami is the No. 1 city in the world for assets at risk due to sea level rise…,” Oppenheimer wrote. “But what made it all even more surreal was that when the movie ended, the entire area was flooded and nobody could get out of the building…It took me more than an hour to get out of the parking lot, and another hour to get out of South Beach.”
“It turned out that the Miami Beach stormwater pumps had failed to work because of a power outage caused by the storm,” he added.
It’s not the first time Gore has used the south Florida coastal city as an example to promote his political agenda. In “An Inconvenient Truth” 11 years ago, he showed a computer illustration of “what would happen to the sea level in Florida” if half of Greenland and half of west Antarctica broke up an melted (at 00:25):
And last October while campaigning with Hillary Clinton in Miami, Gore said:
Every single night on the television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. You look at the floods and the droughts and the mudslides and the fires and the incredible downpours, and as Secretary Clinton just mentioned, Hurricane Matthew just recently. You know, it spun up from a tropical storm into a category five hurricane in just 36 hours. That’s extremely unusual. And the reason that happened is the climate crisis is trapping so much extra heat in the Earth’s system, equivalent to what would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs going off every day….
…Just since Hurricane Andrew (in 1992), the sea level in the waters around Florida have gone up three inches since Hurricane Andrew. And every vertical inch of sea level rise means four to eight feet of the water going inward and the storm surges on top of that. And yes, there are now, at high tide, sometimes ocean – fish from the ocean swimming in some of the streets of Miami Beach and Delray and Fort Lauderdale.
All of Gore’s bogus analogies and false imagery was too much even for the otherwise alarmism-believing Herald columnist, who called “B.S.”
“In his new book, ‘Truth to Power,'” Oppenheimer wrote, “the Nobel Prize winner projects that the sea level in South Florida will rise by half a foot by 2030, two feet by 2060 and ‘up to seven feet or more’ by 2100.
“Most scientists I’ve asked about the future of Miami Beach…tell me that this city won’t disappear under the water, nor will it become another Venice. What’s going to happen, unless the world succeeds in fighting man-made global warming, is that Miamians…will have to pay much more in taxes to buy water pumps (presumably ones that work) and other technologies that will be needed to lessen the impact of rising seas.”
With that, Oppenheimer said while the most famous climate change activist is “right” about the threat, “Gore’s movie may be too Gore-centric.”Click here for reuse options!
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