Anthony Watts sense of humour would not be shared by most decent people. It might even shock. Today he has copied an ugly cartoon that he said was posted by Rick McKee on Anthony's WUWT Facebook page (archived here). To save you looking, I'll describe it.
The word "horror" is highlighted in red and underlined.
Anthony thinks this is funny. Seriously. He thinks the brutal murder of journalists in the middle east is cause for mirth and mockery. He put his cartoon under the headline and text:
Friday Funny – the horror of rising sea levels in context
As many know, Mr. Obama made some wild claims about climate at the recent U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement.
“The world’s glaciers are melting, pouring new water into the ocean. Over the past century, the world sea level rose by about eight inches. That was in the last century; by the end of this century, it’s projected to rise another one to four feet.
Anthony doesn't believe that ice melts with global warming. He's said so on numerous occasions (see the further reading below). Whether he really doesn't believe that ice cubes melt when you take them out of the fridge (does he have a refrigerator?), or whether this is just another example of him knowingly spreading disinformation I don't know. (Is he ignorant or a liar?)
Seas will keep rising faster as the ice sheets melt
When President Obama said that the projected sea level rise is from one to four feet, he was citing the conservative science from the latest IPCC report. It is possible though less likely that sea level will rise two metres by the end of this century (six feet or so). It won't stop there. It will keep on rising as the West Antarctic ice sheets melt into the sea, adding maybe three metres. And then the Greenland ice sheets adding another seven metres. And East Antarctica - well that's a whole other ball game.
Here are some numbers for you - the sea level rise associated with the complete melting of ice sheets in different regions.
- All Antarctica: 58 metres (190 feet)
- West Antarctic Ice Sheet: 3.3 metres (11 feet)
- Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet: 0.24 metres (9 inches)
- Amundsen Sea Embayment glaciers in Western Antarctica: 1.2 meters (four feet)
- East Antarctic Ice Sheet: 53 metres (174 feet)
- All of Greenland: 7.4 metres (24 feet)
- All ice sheet ice (not including glaciers elsewhere): 65 metres (213 feet)
From the WUWT comments
May 22, 2015 at 2:32 am
They must have made a typo. Sea level rising about 12 mm per decade. That’s closer to four INCHES per century. Recent Glacier melt has been since the early 1700’s when Maunder Minimum little ice age ended. Man has nothing to do with it.
Similar exaggeration saying 97% of scientists say man makes warming when it is about 55% if you ask more than the 77 in the sample used to get 97%. It is less and less as the time without warming approaches 20 years while CO2 rises.
The IPCC report (TS.2.6 Changes in Sea Level) states that: "Global mean sea level has risen by 0.19 [0.17 to 0.21] m, estimated from a linear trend over the period 1901–2010, based on tide gauge records and additionally on satellite data since 1993." The sea is currently rising at around 3.3 mm a year (trend since 1992).
Neil. is one of WUWT's utter nutters. I think he is talking about President Obama
May 22, 2015 at 3:02 am
My one and only question has to be, why has this man not been arrested, charged with treason and executed yet?
May 22, 2015 at 3:09 amOddly, M Courtney takes exception to the poor taste in the comment from Neil. but not to the ugly cartoon that Anthony posted.
Most countries would consider your statement about your Head of State to be closer to treason.
You are lucky to have such freedom of speech.
So use it to make more constructive criticisms instead of cheerleading for death.
TimC asks if he is the "only one". The answer so far is "yes". Another reader defends Anthony's very poor taste (and not on the grounds of freedom of expression).
May 22, 2015 at 3:18 am
Although I accept that this is a “Friday Funny” thread, am I the only reader here to find the McKee cartoon above frankly disgusting, and to question our host’s decision to copy it here?
This is an obvious “take” on the appalling ISIL beheadings where religious bigotry and hatred led individuals such as “Jehadi John” publicly to behead persons including citizens both of the USA and UK – then to post obscene online images and videos of the killings.
Whatever one’s political opinion of the Obama presidency, and his latest pronunciations on climate, can it really be conceived that the (duly elected) president of the United States would ever authorise or encourage US armed forces (whether inside or outside the US) to behead unarmed civilians – even combatants – as depicted? Not least, this cartoon is a complete travesty of the integrity and professionalism of the US armed forces who, some 70 years ago now, bravely led us (under Ike’s leadership) in freeing the European mainland from German occupation…
References and further reading
- Sea level for dummies - a video by MinutePhysics and one from Jerry Mitrovica
- Sea levels and global ice volumes over the past 35,000 years
- WUWT readers are too scared to read about rising sea levels in National Geographic
- The stupid: a prediction fulfilled at WUWT (and sea level)
- A new disinformer at WUWT writing wrongs about rising seas: Robert W. Endlich
- Anthony Watts' Next Trick is to Disappear the Data - or Laughing at Pat Michaels