Scientist Decries Moral Audacity of Environmentalists Linking Tsunami and Global Warming

Leading Environmental Scientist Available for Commentary on

the Alleged Tsunami/Global Warming Link

Dec 28, 2004, 00:00 ET from Dr. Pat Michaels

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the environmental
 experts busily creating links between the recent tsunami and global warming,
 Dr. Pat Michaels (VA state climatologist, author, UVA and Cato scholar) made
 the following announcement:
     "Anyone who has the moral audacity to blame thousands of deaths caused by
 the Indian Ocean tsunamis on global warming is in grave contravention of well-
 known facts about changes in sea level in that region.  Unfortunately, it is
 another 'Predictable Distortion' of global warming, similar to dozens
 documented in my recent book.
     Topex-Poseidon satellite data published in 2001 in Science Magazine by
 Cabanes et al. show that the region where the tsunamis were most devastating
 has, in general, experienced a recent decline in sea level.  When extended
 back 50 years, by matching satellite data with submarine measurements, the
 region shows a rise averaging about 0.35 inches per decade, for a fifty-year
 total of 1.75 inches.  This is typical of global rates of sea-level change
 that have been constant for centuries, even millennia, as the planetary
 surface has warmed, cooled, and warmed.
     The highest estimate for the recent tsunami currently stands at 35 feet,
 or 24,000% higher than the secular rise in sea level in the region in the last
 half-century.  Additionally, the long-term record of sea level changes for
 Bombay was published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
 Change in 1995.  It shows a net decline in sea level in the last 50 years.
     In his new book, State of Fear, Michael Crichton repeatedly demonstrates
 that global warming ambulance-chasers often assume things to be true that
 simply are not. The book centers around a lawsuit by pacific islanders because
 of sea level rise; their case falls apart when the facts disclose that sea
 levels were actually falling in the region in question.  Life imitates
 fiction.  Michael Crichton should sue environmentalists who blame the massive
 death toll from the Indian Ocean's tragic tsunamis on sea level rise for
     Cabanes, C., et al.  Sea level rise during the past 40 years determined
 from satellite and in situ observations. Science, Vol 294, 840-42 (2001).
     United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 1995:  Climate
 Change 1995.  Cambridge Press.  Data on page 367.
     Dr. Michaels is a research professor of environmental sciences at the
 University of Virginia and visiting scientist with the Marshall Institute in
 Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the American Association of State
 Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology
 of the American Meteorological Society. He holds A.B. and S.M. degrees in
 biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago, and he
 received a Ph.D. in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at
 Madison in 1979. Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer of the United
 Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His writing has been
 published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research,
 Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and
 Science, as well as in popular serials such as the Washington Post, Washington
 Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of
 Commerce. He has appeared on ABC, NPR's "All Things Considered," PBS, Fox News
 Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC and Voice of America. According to Nature
 magazine, Pat Michaels may be the most popular lecturer in the nation on the
 subject of global warming.
     To schedule an interview with Dr. Michaels, please contact Audrey Mullen
 at 202-861-5677 or 202-270-2772.

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