... predictions in the 1980s that New York City's West Side Highway would be submerged within 30 years ...
The source for this denier trope is an ABC show called "Earth 2100" that aired June 2, 2009. It wasn't a science paper or news report or documentary. It was a dramatization of the worst case scenarios of GW.
It's from a scene describing someone working on sea barriers in New York in 2050. That's still almost 20 years away and not outside of the range of possibilities.
Yes. The events depicted in that made-for-TV docu-drama haven't happened yet. And neither did that show predict they would happen yet.
If anything, it has been under-hyped. And the purpose of the warnings from the world of SCIENCE was to prevent the disasters we see happening today, as well as the ones we're sure to see in the future. Their agenda was and is preventing economic and human hardships.
It's denial is a political agenda. It's acceptance is about rational thinking and compassion for future generations.
Coal, gas, and oil are not cheap, when you consider the price we're paying and will be paying for the consequences of ignoring their trash for so long, even if you don't take dead people in your accounting.
The temps today here, there, or anywhere are completely irrelevant. We're talking about decades-long trends in climate, not daily weather reports. How do you expect to argue about climate change without event knowing what climate is?