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Reader's view: Climate-change denier spreads misinformation

A July 10 letter from the same apparent climate-change denier who in a previous letter distorted and hyped claims of Al Gore offered more misinformation, this time concerning ABC-TV's supposed 2008 prediction that New York would be "under water" ...

A July 10 letter from the same apparent climate-change denier who in a previous letter distorted and hyped claims of Al Gore offered more misinformation, this time concerning ABC-TV’s supposed 2008 prediction that New York would be “under water” by 2015 (“President, pope crying wolf over global warming”).
Currently, most climate scientists estimate sea rises by the year 2100 at no more than 3 feet. However, Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge already flooded low-lying New Orleans in 2005.
Reputable scientists never predicted New York would be under water by 2015, although Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, flooded the Holland tunnel and the New York City subway system in an unprecedented way.
What ABC actually predicted, if you looked beyond what was suggested in the opening of the 2008 report, was that if we do nothing to alleviate climate change, between 2015 and 2100, disasters like droughts, floods, fires and intense hurricanes could devastate us.
Also, a number of self-made amateur videos submitted to ABC by nonexpert viewers offered extreme and unsubstantiated examples of life during 2015 as a supposed result of climate change. Conservative websites exploited this obvious hype, quoting an “expert” who claimed seas levels would rise quickly by 2015. But this “expert” was neither named nor accredited that I could find. One of the videos discussed the potential flooding of New York - in 2075.
Already, droughts, floods and extreme wildfires in the West seem to grow worse every year. Intense hurricanes are not currently plaguing the U.S., but around the world record-breaking storms have devastated areas like Myanmar. And, since global warming is a global phenomenon, the U.S. doesn’t represent all worldwide weather events.
Conservative websites like the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters site make claims about certain flooding in New York City by 2015. But only amateur videos submitted to ABC actually said this.
Peter W. Johnson
Superior

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