The climate alarmist propaganda mill is relentless. How is it that news organizations like WRAL & the N&O have come to think that that it's somehow valid journalism to seek out "experts" at only one extreme of the range of the scientific opinion, for their "documentaries?" That's not news reporting, that's propagandizing.

Here's NC's longest, highest-quality sea-level record (Wilmington), plus the WRAL prediction. Wilmington is NC's only GLOSS LTT tide gauge. Sea-level there has been rising at about 2.3 mm/year for the last 82 years. 

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WRAL is predicting that it will average 11.1 mm/year over the next 83 years = nearly five times as fast as the real trend. That's despite the fact that, other than spikes which coincide with strong El Ninos, there's been no significant acceleration in sea-level rise coinciding with the steep increase in CO2 levels.

Their prediction is based on superstition, not science.

The recent N&O Forum was at least as bad. This is the letter I handed out to folks who attended it:

I also wrote the N&O a Letter to the Editor, but they haven't printed it.

We have only 82 years of sea-level measurements here in NC, but on the other side of the pond, at Wismar, Germany, they've been measuring sea-level for twice that long:

Sea-level there hasn't accelerated in 150 years.

At some other locations there was a slight acceleration in sea-level rise in the late 1800s or the early 1900s, but there's been no significant, sustained acceleration in global sea-level rise in the last 85 years.

The only reason that the alarmists have for predicting accelerated sea-level rise is that CO2 levels are going up. But CO2 levels have been going up very dramatically for 2/3 of a century and, as you can see, those rising CO2 levels are having no detectable effect on the rate of sea-level rise.

We've done the experiment (by raising CO2 levels), and we've seen the effect on sea-level (too little to detect). But the fringe "experts" that WRAL relies upon refuse to believe what that evidence shows. Here's what the great physicist, Richard Feynman would tell them:

“It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it disagrees with experiment, it's wrong.”  - Richard Feynman