Conversation with former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: 'The challenge I think we have is for some reason climate change has become a religion -- a politically induced religion instead of science fact that now we have to embrace and move forward on.'
Scientists Criticize 'Hottest Year on Record' Claim as Hype
“The Obama administration relentlessly politicized science and it aggressively pushed a campaign about that politicized science,” said Steven E. Koonin, who served as under secretary for science in Obama’s Department of Energy from 2009 to 2011. Koonin, a theoretical physicist at New York University who once worked for energy giant BP, also blamed a “happily complicit” media for trumpeting the now-departed Obama administration’s dubious claim.
NOAA fixed the 2016 increase at 0.04 degrees Celsius. The British Met Office reported an even lower rise, of 0.01C. Both increases are well within the margin of error for such calculations, approximately 0.1 degrees, and therefore are dismissed by many scientists as meaningless. Koonin suggested the White House and the media could consider an alternative presentation of what’s happening.
As an example, he offered a headline that read, “Global Temperatures Up 0.0X for 2016; Within Margin of Error for Last N Years.” Rather than exclaim “Sea Levels Highest on Record,” Koonin said, the press releases could encourage, and perhaps media outlets accept, one that reads, “Sea Level Rose 0.1 Inches Last Year, Consistent With Century-Long Trend.”
So there's been no slowing in "the rise of the oceans" under Obama. Just a natural steady increase every year, according to NOAA. Obama apologist Think Progress has even said that increases that are "much faster than we thought" – of course that's just what the political left wants the public to believe – though it's clear that while the seas have been rising for 10,000 years, there has been no acceleration.