Steve King: We might not notice ‘if sea levels go up 4 or 6 inches’
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Tuesday managed to insult both religious Americans and climate scientists while denying the existence of global warming.
During the kickoff for the Americans for Prosperity-sponsored “Bruce Braley Big Government Tour” in Fort Dodge, King explained that attempts to fight climate change were unnecessary and hurting the economy, according to The Messenger.
“It is not proven, it’s not science,” he insisted. “It’s more of a religion than a science.”
The Republican congressman said that scientists are too focused on the bad impacts of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
“Everything that might result from a warmer planet is always bad in [climate scientists'] analysis,” he opined. “There will be more photosynthesis going on if the Earth gets warmer… And if sea levels go up 4 or 6 inches, I don’t know if we’d know that.”
King told the crowd that sea levels could not be precisely measured.
“We don’t know where sea level is even, let alone be able to say that it’s going to come up an inch globally because some polar ice caps might melt because there’s CO2 suspended in the atmosphere.”
An analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences late last month found that more than 1,700 U.S. cities and towns could be partially underwater by the end of this century. And 80 of those cities could be below the high-water mark in the next decade.
None of them, however, are in Iowa.
(h/t: Mother Jones)