In what his political foes may describe as a prime example of double-talk, Barack Obama has given an apocalyptic vision of the things to come due to his belief that humanity has played a key role in climate change. As reported by the CSNNews.com portal on Nov. 30, 2015, Obama warned the world of “submerged countries” while addressing the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. As cited, Obama stated, “unless the nations of the world acted now to combat climate change, countries would be submerged, cities would be abandoned, fields would no longer grown, and there would be new conflicts and floods of refugees.”
But reporter Bill Gertz of The Washington Free Beacon notes on Nov. 30, 2015 that the very same Barack Obama warned China against continuing their construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea. Despite reclaiming over 2,000 acres from the sea, China’s sand piles atop a number of reefs are but a few inches above sea level.
While Obama never specified which nations may sink into the briny deep, established news organizations such as CNN have published a number of articles much like the June, 2015 piece that warned many South Pacific islands such as the Marshall’s chain would disappear under the waves due to “man-made” climate change. As CNN reporter John D. Sutter penned, “Scientists say we easily could warm the atmosphere by 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”
However, Tom Harris of The Washington Times reported during August of 2015 that “NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week that according to their calculations, July 2015 was the hottest month since instrumental records began in 1880. NOAA says that the record was set by eight one-hundredths of a degree Celsius over that set in July 1998.”
According to the official website of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Washington, DC, “The mean height of the land is about 7 feet above sea level.” If the Earth’s temperature continues to rise at its breakneck speed of 8/100ths of a degree Celsuis every 17 years, it would take almost two centuries for the temperature to rise another 1/10th of a degree Celsius.
For the sea level to reach the mean height of the Marshall Islands, it would take over 37 centuries unless a sometimes warned-of ice age should happen to rear its ugly head. Nonetheless, all calculations and predictions are all for naught if climate change is simply the natural rhythm of the planet.
First described as “global cooling” in the 1970s and 1980s with dire warning of a new ice age about to befall mankind, the same climate alarmists quickly executed an about face and changed their end-of-the-world claims on “global warming”. Eventually re-branded as “climate change” to cover whatever happened, many of the extreme weather change warnings were eventually proven to be factually wrong.
Case in point was the most recognized proponent of man-caused climate change, ex-Vice President Al Gore. As reported by Jonathon Amos of Britain’s venerable BBC in 2007, the former Veep publicly warned at the time that the the Arctic Ocean’s polar ice cap would be completely melted by 2013. Despite being jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Gore doesn’t hold a PhD, Masters, Bachelors or an Associates degree in either Climate Studies or Meteorology.
While mainland China’s communist honchos may be in the middle of an international dispute with the Philippine Republic over who actually has sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, the Beijing government has been quite busy dredging up sand and dumping it directly onto the Gaven Reefs. What has resulted is an instant island measuring approximately 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) long and about 300 meters (984 feet) wide. Unfortunately for the Chinese, their man-made islands are not only in constant need of replenishment, they are also just a few inches above the high tide mark.
While the Chinese have been as busy as colony of beavers on the Gaven Reefs, they’ve also spent several months turning the Hughes Reef, Fiery Cross Reef as well as the Johnson South Reef into insta-islands. Initially claiming that they were constructing the landmasses for peaceful civilian purposes, American and American-allied military forces have surveillance photos showing heavy artillery pieces already deployed on the disputed areas.
In the meantime, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang defended the land reclamation projects as “lawful, reasonable and justified” activity conducted within its alleged sovereign territory. “They are not targeted at any other country [and] do not affect the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in accordance with international law in the South China Sea,” Lu said in the statement. Also noted was that the Chinese claim that while the artificial islands do serve military needs, their main purpose is to”facilitate noncombat and civilian activity,” such as maritime search and rescue, disaster relief, scientific research and environmental protection.