From global warming hysteria to ocean acidification hype

Since climate alarmists are losing the debate on global warming, they are turning to another climate-related matter hoping to use it as a means to continue their efforts: ocean acidification. According to a column written by UK Telegraph science columnist James Delingpole published at Breitbart London, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Jane Lubchenko is quoted as saying that ocean acidification is “climate change’s equally evil twin” because of the disastrous consequences it may have for everything from the navigational systems of spawning salmon to the health of coral reefs.

Ocean acidification is supposedly caused when an overabundance of atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed by the sea. This, in turn, reduces the sea’s pH levels making it more acidic. Watts Up With That? reported new evidence discovered by a curious graduate student states that ocean acidification may be a scientific hoax on par with the man-made-global warming hysteria.

The NOAA maintains datasets used to measure global warming and also measures and analyzes changes in Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. The Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) is a section of the NOAA and the group’s research is said to be the backbone of the alarmist story about ocean acidification. In 2004 a manuscript by two PMEL researchers Dr Richard Feely and Dr Christopher Sabine was published and is alleged to be regularly cited in support of ocean acidification. As it turns out, Feely gave testimony to Congress in 2010 based largely on the findings in his research paper in which he made the case that carbon dioxide is acidifying oceans.

Delingpole reports that a hydrologist with almost 30 years experience participating in a doctorate program at the University of New Mexico named Mike Wallace studied a chart produced by Feely and Sabine, that showed strong parallels with rising atmospheric CO2 levels and falling oceanic pH levels. He noticed that some key information had been omitted and the chart he had been studying began in 1988 despite oceanic pH assessments dating at least 100 years prior. Wallace inquired with the two scientists about his findings but found they were not helpful. He was eventually able to obtain the records Feely and Sabine omitted from their study and, not surprisingly, when Wallace plotted his own charts discovered that the ocean acidification the two researchers claimed didn’t exist. There were no reductions of pH levels during the last century.

This may seem like a minor issue to some but for two scientists working for a federal agency that is supposed to measures and analyze changes in Earth’s oceans and atmosphere to conduct themselves in this manner is outright fraud on par with Dr. Michael Mann’s discredited hockey stick chart. Despite Wilson’s bravery in refuting Feely and Sabine’s work it may not stop them or other scientists from continuing to try to link CO2 with ocean acidification resulting from human activity. Consequently, environmentalists can use studies culminated by their scientific allies to lobby for rules curbing fossil fuel emissions or any other human exertions.