Sea Level Debate is Flooded with Misinformation: Research scientist is cool to EPA’s global warming claim

Washington, DC, May 25, 1999 – The Environmental Protection Agency continues to peddle unfounded fears about global warming and sea level rise even though there is no evidence to support such scares, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute. This week the EPA is sponsoring conferences in Miami and Marathon, Florida to discuss the impacts of global warming on Southern Florida and the Florida Keys, and to discuss solutions to the alleged problem.

“The EPA claims that global warming will lead to catastrophic sea level rise, inundating parts of Florida, but the science does not support these alarmist claims,” commented CEI’s Paul Georgia, environmental research associate and managing editor of the Cooler Heads a bi-weekly newsletter covering global warming issues. “Such scare mongering has no place in an essentially scientific debate.”

Dr. David Malmquist, Assistant Research Scientist at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research will be addressing the subject of sea level rise at a Capitol Hill briefing this Thursday sponsored by the Cooler Heads Coalition. “Current sea level rise can be explained by natural processes,” according to Malmquist. Claims that global warming will cause sea level rise to accelerate is unfounded, he says. “Observations show that current rates of sea level rise preceded any substantial inputs of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

“This is the latest example of EPA politics running roughshod over the scientific evidence,” concluded Georgia.

For a thorough and complete presentation on the true state of climatological research in this area, come hear Dr. Malmquist present his views on global warming and sea level rise in Washington, D.C. at a Cooler Heads science briefing on May 27 at 12:00 noon, Rayburn House Office Building, room 2325. He will be available to answer questions from the press.

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