President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and the mass media frequently talk about the problem of melting ice causing the seas to rise. Now the President has tasked the military with measuring sea ice. But is this really a problem?
Sea ice fluctuates over time. As I've pointed out, the recent predictions of a "death spiral" in the Arctic have not materialized. The projections started in 1978 at a peak of Arctic ice, so of course the ice would be expected to decline. So is this a problem, or is it an example of alarmism intended to frighten the public into accepting higher energy costs and a lower standard of living, while also repressing the poor in developing countries?
It's kind of amazing that the media either doesn't realize, or doesn't care, that this exact same claim has been made periodically in the past.
Here's a graph of total sea ice on the planet:
Just to provide some historical perspective, here are some headlines over the years raising fears of ice melting and flooding the coastlines: