True, if the ice on the Arctic ocean (north pole) were to melt, it wouldn't affect the sea level at all. No one disputes that. However, if the ice covering Greenland were to melt, it would raise sea level by 16-19 inches. And that is a pretty big number considering the impact it would have on the coast, especially during storms. Not saying I buy all the 'global warming' scare tactics; in fact I think 80% of it is false information and bogus claims. But I also think it is a worth-while subject that has at least some merit. I really hope its cyclical, but no reason not to do what we can with the environment on a global level. I think most agree that a cleaner environment can only benefit us and the earth.