King Canute stops sea level rise?

Nineteen Florida congressional representatives voted recently to cut off U.S. financial contributions for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).   Five voted against the change in policy.  The split exactly followed the current partisan divide in Congress.

The IPCC takes the expertise of thousands of scientists from around the world to pull together the state of scientific research on climate change.  Cutting off U.S. funding will not prevent climate change and the resulting rise in sea level.   It would be like King Canute forbidding his scientific advisers from visiting their counterparts in the Ottoman Empire.  The sea wouldn’t notice.

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