‘Apparently somewhere between 21,000 and 7,000 years ago we had a very significant rise in sea levels…’
Democrats on the Science, Space and Technology Committee invited a prominent Rutgers University climatologist, Dr. Robert Kopp, to testify about the perilous future of the planet due to Americans’ fossil-fuel emissions and the resultant global warming.
But when Brooks’ turn to question the so-called expert arose, Kopp’s impartial veneer was easily dismantled and his radical environmentalism was exposed.
Brooks began by quoting Kopp’s written testimony. “Climate change is real. It is here now. And humans are responsible for it,” he wrote.
Then under questioning, Kopp acknowledged that the Earth warmed from its last Ice Age without the influence of human industry or fossil fuels, and that sea level rise has been roughly two feet per year on average—until about 120 years ago when it fell to 8 inches.
“Apparently somewhere between 21,000 and 7,000 years ago we had a very significant rise in sea levels, much more than the 2-feet-per-century average of the overall 21,000-year period. Did humans cause that?” asked Brooks.
“No, they did not,” replied Kopp.
“Would it be fair to say that it was global warming?” Brooks said.
“Yes, it would be,” replied Kopp.
“And what is it that caused that global warming?” asked Brooks
“Changes in Earth orbit and amplified changes in carbon dioxide,” Kopp said.
In a statement of his own, Brooks said that the “average long-term sea level rise rate is three times greater than the eight inch sea level rise the Earth has seen” since the Industrial Revolution.
“Not surprisingly, climate change alarmists, aided and abetted by a partisan media, never share this historical scientific data with the public,” Brooks said.
He also pressed for Kopp’s proposed solutions for global warming.
“You may recall that in 2008 Dr. Steven Chu, who later became President Obama’s secretary of energy, stated that to combat climate change, ‘Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,’ which was about $8.70 cents per gallon. Do you agree with Steven Chu that that is a remedy that the United States should implement?” Brooks asked.
“It is one of the solutions that would work,” said Kopp.