Stockman also said he “can’t get answers” to how long it would take for the sea level to rise two feet. “Think about it, if your ice cube melts in your glass, it doesn’t overflow. It’s displacement. This is some of the things that they’re talking about that mathematically and scientifically don’t make sense.”
Holdren wasn’t given a chance to answer this question, but the answer is pretty simple. Stockman seems to be forgetting that not all melting ice is already in the sea. Melting land ice — glaciers, ice sheets, ice caps, and permafrost — are the major contributors to global sea-level rise as their water flows into the ocean. And even though melting sea ice doesn’t directly contribute to sea level rise, it does cause ocean temperatures to rise. This causes the ocean to expand and rise — a big component of sea level rise — and the added heat can ultimately cause more land ice to melt.
The exchange ends with an awkward silence over the length of ice ages, and Stockman eventually getting interrupted by the committee’s sitting chair to move on with the hearing.
An interesting little science fiction film that gets pretty racy at the end. In Spanish with English subtitles.
That didn’t make sense, right. I had to watch the actual movie about a dozen times before I figured out what was going on.
Time for a little science fiction:
Luckily, here’s a tribute to what she believed in. And it wasn’t the extraterrestrial:
That Jupiter and Saturn rise in the day would be pretty freaky. And we would be going around them, not the other way around.
But then, there was the end of “Melancholia.”
If you saw the movie, you know Jack Bauer kind of wimped out on us in that one.