“We don’t have any firm proof of what’s happened,” Biden said. “There are all kinds of rational speculation about whether or not rebars are, were, were rusted, whether or not the cement, whether it’s limestone or not,
“There are all kinds of discussions about whether or not they thought that water level rising, what impact it had,” he added. “And interesting to me, I didn’t raise it, but how many of the survivors and how many of the families talked about the impact of global warming. How much, and they [don’t] know exactly, [but] they talked about sea levels rising and about how, how they were, and the combination of that and the concern about incoming storms, incoming tropical storms."
The Times screeched in a 1995 story how “some of the predicted effects of climate change may now be emerging for the first time or with increasing clarity.” One of the predictions included a “[a] continuing rise in average global sea level, which is likely to amount to more than a foot and a half by the year 2100.” The Times then cautioned that an apocalypse for beach-goers would be a likely result: “At the most likely rate of rise, some experts say, most of the beaches on the East Coast of the United States would be gone in 25 years.”
Washington Post: The 12-story condo tower that crashed down early Thursday near Miami Beach was built on reclaimed wetlands and is perched on a barrier island facing an ocean that has risen about a foot in the past century due to climate change. Experts on sea level rise and climate change caution that it is too soon to speculate if rising seas helped destabilize the oceanfront condo.
Commissioner Eliana R. Salzhauer, also questioned whether the land underneath the building had been compromised. “I think this is all tied to sea level rise and our overdevelopment,” she said. “And Mother Earth comes back, and the ocean comes back, and takes it.”
Steve Milloy of JunkScience comments: "It is total BS to blame the Surfside condo collapse on global warming. Surfside was built on a sandbar with fill 100 years ago. Local sea level rise (~3MM year) is average and constant."
Claim: We know cow farts (and, more importantly, burps) contribute to global warming, but they’re not the only things expelling greenhouse gases into the air. Trees killed by rising sea levels are also emitting carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, according to a recent study, and these “tree farts” could be an overlooked source of emissions that will only worsen as sea levels continue to rise and wipe out woodlands.