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Rep. Brooks – Are rocks causing rising sea levels?

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North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks is going viral, for his comments during a recent committee hearing in Washington.

Wednesday, Brooks was taking part in a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology meeting when Phillip Duffy started commenting on rising sea levels being caused by climate change.

Duffy is the president of the Woods Hole Research Center. Brooks asked Duffy about a recent study that suggests sea levels are rising due to other factors.

"What about erosion?" Brooks asked. He added: "Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you've got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up." He said rock slides on the White Cliffs of Dover in the UK and the California coastline displace water and raise the sea levels.

Duffy dismissed that, saying those effects are "minuscule". You can see the full hearing here. Mr. Brooks' comments begin around the one hour and twenty-four-minute mark.

Brooks then said he's seen evidence that ice levels in the Antarctic are growing. Duffy disputed that, saying the opposite is true. Brooks asked where Duffy got that information, and Duffy cited NASA satellite photos.

Brooks ended the exchange by saying "I've got a NASA base in my district and apparently, they're telling you one thing and me a different thing."

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