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Remembering When The New York Times Reported East Coast Beaches Would Be Gone by 2020

Remembering When The New York Times Reported East Coast Beaches Would Be Gone by 2020

The beaches are still here, as is the climate hysteria.

As Memorial Day weekend begins the transition to summer-time fun, many Americans are making plans to spend time on the nation’s beautiful beaches.

Many of those beaches are along the East Coast. However, back in 1995, the New York Times ran a story with “experts” genuinely concerned those beaches would be gone in 25 years.

The article covered the assessment conducted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

According to draft sections of the new forecast, some of the predicted effects of climate change may now be emerging for the first time or with increasing clarity. The possible early effects include these:

*A continuing rise in average global sea level, which is likely to amount to more than a foot and a half by the year 2100. This, say the scientists, would inundate parts of many heavily populated river deltas and the cities on them, making them uninhabitable, and would destroy many beaches around the world. At the most likely rate of rise, some experts say, most of the beaches on the East Coast of the United States would be gone in 25 years. They are already disappearing at an average of 2 to 3 feet a year.

Yet, somehow, East Coast beaches remain. Sadly, marine mammals are routinely washing up along the coastal shores, and one of the concerns is that their deaths can be attributed to climate change “solutions.”

In addition to these dire predictions being entirely wrong, chasing after solutions to nonexistent problems is turning out to be expensive: Trillion dollars.

No one said that combating climate change would be cheap. Still, a report released during the COP27 climate talks made for a sobering reminder. The report, commissioned by Britain and Egypt as the past and current hosts of the UN summit, said that developing countries alone need a combined $1trn a year in external funding to meet the goals set out in their Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs (the climate action plan set out in the Paris Agreement).

This funding, in addition to the countries’ own expenditure, is needed for things like cutting emissions, dealing with deadly disasters and restoring nature. In one encouraging development, it was reported on November 11th that America and Japan would provide Indonesia with at least $15bn to help retire some coal-fired power stations early.

Time, talent, and treasure is squandered on bad policy built on “narrative science.”

Meanwhile, some recent studies shed light that on the Earth’s past that show the climate has long been in flux.

Researchers from Aarhus University, in collaboration with Stockholm University and the United States Geological Survey, recently published a report on their findings related to samples from the previously inaccessible region north of Greenland. Their findings indicated Arctic sea ice in this region melted away during summer months around 10,000 years ago.

The researchers have used data from the Early Holocene period to predict when the sea ice will melt today. During this time period, summer temperatures in the Arctic were higher than today. Although this was caused by natural climate variability opposed to the human-induced warming, it still is a natural laboratory for studying the fate of this region in the immediate future.

And while the authors argue their study confirms the need to be climate extremists, I assert that their data show man’s impact on the global climate isn’t panic-worthy. In fact, humanity would do better to focus efforts and resources on dealing with local pollution problems and perhaps exploring nuclear energy options.

The experience with covid should have taught us not to trust global “experts” who offer simple solutions to complex issues. This should be doubly true with the “climate crisis,” especially as the long-term projections made nearly 30 years ago have proven to be wrong.

The good news: The East Coast beaches are still here. The bad news: So is the climate hysteria.


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nordic prince | May 29, 2023 at 6:19 pm

Anyone over the age of fifty remembers when the same fearmongers were breathlessly warning us about “the coming ice age” and “overpopulation” back in the 70s. The “experts” were wrong then, and they’re just as wrong now.

50+ years of the same old horse$#!+… the only difference is they’ve got a new gullible generation to prey on.

    Lausyl in reply to nordic prince. | May 29, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    There was the acid rain thing too. Sulfur dioxide emissions were going to cause acid rain that would render farmland non arable and turn the waterways into battery acid that nothing could survive in.

    allenb611 in reply to nordic prince. | May 30, 2023 at 5:53 am

    We also remember experts telling us we’ll run out of oil by 1995.

Subotai Bahadur | May 29, 2023 at 6:22 pm

My personal favorite example to prove the falseness of the claim of rising sea levels due to “climate change” is this:

This is a black and white picture of the Statue of Liberty taken in 1898, 10 years after it was dedicated. Note the water levels.

Now go to any modern equivalent picture taken today. There are thousands of them online. See any difference in water levels? You don’t. Which means either that the island is floating, or that the oceans have not risen in the 125 years since the 1898 picture was taken. Yes, there are places in the world where it seems that the sea has risen, but in fact it is a matter of the land eroding into the ocean. Which has bugger all to do with any global warming.

Ask any Leftist to explain this, and all you will get is cussed out.

Subotai Bahadur

The Gentle Grizzly | May 29, 2023 at 6:23 pm

Something noteworthy: words evolve. “Expert” used to define someone with a high level of knowledge of a particular field, or of several fields. It has evolved to mean “says what those who pay him want him to say”.

    Those of us who practiced law in the courtroom know very well that you can find an “expert” to say almost anything. We privately referred to them as trained seals.

    And the Demcom politicians know it’s all BS. How many of them have recently purchased multimillion dollar mansions near the beach only a few feet above sea level (on a government salary, BTW)?

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Sultan. | May 31, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      You lawyers referred cross them as trained seals, likely when opposing counsel hired them. Yours were “hired guns”.

      Yes. I’m cynical. It at least SEEMS too many cerdicts revolve around which side dances the tango best. That includes the hired guns’ ability to sway the jury. Justice doesn’t even play a bit part.

    David Walker in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 30, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    “Expert” is derived from “ex” and “spurt”, ie a drip under pressure.

The water always comes right up to the shoreline, without gaps or overlaps.

When we see multi million dollar coastal properties, estates and exclusive enclaves abandoned by the elite/establishment then I will begin to take the doomsayers more seriously.

    Dimsdale in reply to CommoChief. | May 29, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Start with Obama’s multimillion dollar “cottage by the sea” in Martha’s Vineyard.

    Ocean is the same and the island remains free of illegals.

      William Downey in reply to Dimsdale. | May 30, 2023 at 10:55 am

      Obama also has a mansion in Hawaii on the beach. Kerry owns a house on the water, as does Biden. If they believed in climate change, would they be invested next to the ocean?

    1073 in reply to CommoChief. | May 29, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    I will believe when my Property Tax Assessed Valuation is reduced.

    Either the Tax Assessors, Property Appraisers, Mortgage Lenders and the Army Corps of Engineers are committing fraud or the sea level rise is BS.

    I live in the conservative Florida panhandle.

    You folks who have Dem politicians need to ask why the valuations haven’t been adjusted if they will be underwater during their useful life.

      DaveGinOly in reply to 1073. | May 30, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      Insurance rates on coastal property should also be rising due specifically to a demonstrable threat of “sea level rise.” If this isn’t happening, sea level rise is not a threat. It ain’t happening.

        Pepsi_Freak in reply to DaveGinOly. | May 31, 2023 at 8:46 am

        Well, rising insurance rates sure is happening here in Gulf Coast Naples. Or maybe the rise is due to recent hurricanes? Either way, try to get insurance on residential property near the Gulf.

From an anonymous source familiar with the situation:

They didn’t mean East Coast, they meant Chicago.
They didn’t mean beaches, they meant peacekeepers.
They didn’t mean recedeing, they meant retreating.
They didn’t mean inches per year, they meant feet per minute.

I was born in the late 50s and come from SoCal. I now live in SC as business moved me and my family to the east coast in 96. I learned early on that the Climate Experts reported that it was going to be Climate Cold after a certain time, then when that did not happen it was Climate Warming to happen after a certain amount of years. Then when that did not happen it became Climate Change.

It is all a scam as the Elites pushing it always live in locations they say will no longer exist or be damaged. The Elites will always use vehicles and planes they say the rest of us cannot use. The Elites live in large mansions and usually have more than one yet push against the rest of us using Natural Gas and AC. The Elites also push for Wind and Solar Farms, which do not power the country while we need Natural Gas, Nuclear Plants, and Coal Plants. Overall the electrical grid needs to be upgraded.

“All the woke hysteria that’s fit to print.”

In the lexicon of the NY Times, “experts” is a euphemism for “leftwingers”.

“This, say the scientists,”
Well they debased the word experts many years ago so now it’s “scientists” in place of “experts”.
Far as I’m concerned they ruined scientists credibility at least 10 years ago.

Of course we’ve known all along it isn’t about climate, it’s about power.

Fraud, stupidity, money, control over people……..repeat every day…….
My 7th grade science class made the entire global warming discussion scientifically unlikely….remember the CO2 chart vs atmospheric pressure and the picture of the prevalent life forms at the bottom?

Wake me up when it’s time to start curb-stomping these lying, neo-Marxist c*nts.

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future!

— Niels Bohr, the Nobel laureate in Physics and father of the atomic model

Clearly, Gaia is a slacker. Those beaches should have been gone by now, but due to COVID (which can do almost anything), removal of these beaches will have to delayed until Armageddon.

Excuse me…. the beaches are gone…. it’s just your backward conservative brain that can’t grasp that they are gone. Your delusion is so complete that while you think your are walking on the beach, you are actually 10 feet under water. Silly you..

Here’s the sleight-of-hand:
“The researchers have used data from the Early Holocene period to predict when the sea ice will melt today. During this time period, summer temperatures in the Arctic were higher than today. Although this was caused by natural climate variability opposed to the human-induced warming, it still is a natural laboratory for studying the fate of this region in the immediate future.”

The presumption is that “climate change” is anthropogenic, without proving it. Correlation does not demonstrate causation. “Climate change” is a fact, the climate is always changing. It was hypothesized that human activities were contributing. A theory was developed to explain how human activities could contribute to climate change. This theory has been tested with computer simulations. The step that’s being left out is proof that human activities are affecting the climate. So far, it’s all simulations. Simulations only demonstrate how something may work, not that it is actually working that way, or even happening at all.

Because of this, there is no “science” behind the “consensus.” The science has stopped short of proof. Einstein’s “theory of relativity” is over 100 years old, and it is still being tested. Although it hasn’t (yet) been falsified (and it only need be falsified once for it to be proved wrong), real science doesn’t come to a halt when a theory is accepted as (potentially) valid. The only “settled” science are those theories that have been disproved.

NY times meant “gone” in the slang as in the East Coast Beaches are really “gone” as in so cool or far out.