Global sea ice back at 1979 levels
Posted by sanityinjection on January 5, 2009
One of the chief explanations global warming hysterics routinely give us for how fossil fuels are going to kill us all is that warmer temperatures will melt the polar ice caps, causing all sorts of tragic results, including the extermination of the poor helpless polar bears.
With this in mind, it is significant that a new report from the Arctic Climate Research Center at the University of Illinois indicates that mean global sea ice levels have rebounded to the level they were at in 1979. As DailyTech.com explains:
Sea ice is floating and, unlike the massive ice sheets anchored to bedrock in Greenland and Antarctica, doesn’t affect ocean levels. However, due to its transient nature, sea ice responds much faster to changes in temperature or precipitation and is therefore a useful barometer of changing conditions. Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery…In May, concerns over disappearing sea ice led the U.S. to officially list the polar bear a threatened species, over objections from experts who claimed the animal’s numbers were increasing.
Of course, this is merely the latest in a series of findings indicating that the earth has in fact been cooling substantially over the last few years, coinciding with a major drop in solar activity and boosting the opinion held by a significant minority of climate scientists that climate change is mostly caused by natural cyclical phenomena and not by human activity. The global warming scare industry insists that this cooling is just a blip on the radar screen and that more severe warming lies ahead. However, not one of them predicted this cooling phase in any of their climate models.
The point here is not that man-made global warming is impossible or that there aren’t many good reasons to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The point is that we have been repeatedly and deliberately lied to by those who have sought to convince us that it is an unquestionable scientific fact that man-made global warming is destroying the earth’s climate. Given the significant public policy matters affected by this question, this is not something to be glossed over with a shrug of the shoulders.
Maybe now we can develop a fossil fuels policy (as part of a more comprehensive national energy policy) that is based on real science and economics, rather than allowing science to be warped and twisted to create justifications for policies that a group of zealots have long wished to impose for ideological reasons of their own.