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I said yesterday that the melting of 250 billion tons of Greenland’s ice amounted to a rise in global sea levels of 0.0000001875 feet. I should have added that that’s .027 inches—i.e., less than three one-hundredths of an inch.
The calculation is based on dividing 60 cubic miles of water (the equivalent of the 250 billion tons of melted Greenland ice) by the 320 million cubic miles of water in the oceans altogether.
We then multiply by 12” x 12,100’, which gives us the average depth of the oceans in inches. We end up with 60/320,000,000 x 12”x12,100’, which equals .027 inches.
And let us not forget that much or most of the 60 cubic miles of melted ice from Greenland will refreeze come Winter.
Today’s press and other media simply cannot be trusted. They themselves are ignorant and fully at home with taking advantage of the ignorance of their audiences. One of their favorite tricks is claiming that one “large” thing explains another, simply because both are “large.”
So, get ready for 250 billion tons of melting ice (boy, that’s large) to explain the Atlantic Ocean wiping out New York City and New Jersey. It never occurs to these numbskulls to check just how much water is actually involved and what difference it actually makes.
This kind of fake news has been going on for generations. It was especially prominent in the days of the Arab Oil Embargo, when the press claimed that the rise in the profits of the oil companies was responsible for the rise in the price of oil. (See pp. 231-234 of Capitalism.)
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