h/t Eric Simpson – Al Gore was left floundering when his claims of sea level rise in Chesapeake Bay were challenged by someone who lives there.
Al Gore Schooled on Climate Change By the Mayor of an Eroding Virginia Island
August. 2. 2017
Mayor James Eskridge, of Tangier Island, Va., was one of the lucky audience members that got to ask Gore a question — one Gore was not prepared to answer.
Here’s what Eskridge had to say:
“I’m a commercial crabber, and I’ve been working the Chesapeake Bay for 50-plus years. And I have a crab house business out on the water. And water level is the same it was when the place was built in 1970. I’m not a scientist but I’m a keen observer, and if sea level rise is occurring, why am I not seeing signs of it? Our island is disappearing, but it’s because of erosion and not because of sea level rising, unless we get a seawall, we will lose our island. But, back to the question, why am I not seeing signs of the sea level rising?”
The video of the exchange is below;
Mayor Eskridge has clearly intensively studied the problem – his home is threatened by erosion. He stated that Tangier Island has a maximum elevation of around 4ft, so any significant sea level rise would be very noticeable. Mayor Eskridge knows what is causing the erosion. The cause of the erosion is not changes to sea level.
Mayor Eskridge wants a sea wall to protect his island, not pointless waffle about climate change.
My favourite Al Gore quote – trying to respond to Mayor Eskridge’s insistence that the sea is not rising around Tangier Island.
One of the challenges of this issue is taking what the scientists say and translating it into terms which are believable to people where they can see the consequences in their own lives and I get that and I try every day to figure out ways to do that.