Sunday, December 14, 2008
The AP Goes Ape About Global Warming and is as Hysterical as it is Wrong
Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it.
Well, not exactly. There has been Summer melting of the sea ice in the Northern Ocean lately which was more than the average since we've been measuring it (only since 1979--not much of a data base on which to decide the sky is falling). The Northern Ocean freezes up again in the Fall and Winter, which re-freezing has accelerated in the last few weeks and is on track to be 'normal' by the new year.
The 10 hottest years were not since 1996. Here are the real ones--1934, 1998, 1921, 2006, 1931, 1999, 1953, 1990, 1938, 1939. That would mean three of the years since Clinton's second inauguration were pretty hot while four were in the 30s, including the very hottest on record. Dr. Hansen supplied a false top ten a few years ago--he got caught; and, he corrected them but the press apparently haven't been keeping up on meteorological current events.
Global warming has not accelerated and indeed has pretty much stopped this past 10 years. Indeed, it's gotten globally cooler the past two years and no one in the World, except the guys counting sunspots (quite easy lately), predicted such cooling. The sunspot guys in fact predict further cooling for the next three decades. I happen to believe them.
Time is not running out. I don't even know what that means. There is an infinite amount of time, isn't there?
Here's another bit of misinformation from the Associated Press:
Scientists fear that what's happening with Arctic ice melt will be amplified so that ominous sea level rise will occur sooner than they expected. They predict Arctic waters could be ice-free in summers, perhaps by 2013, decades earlier than they thought only a few years ago.
If all the sea ice melted, which it won't, the sea level would remain the same because the sea ice, as its name might suggest to anyone actually paying attention, is already in, well, the sea. Kind of floating on the top. So whether the water is solid on the top or all liquid has no real effect on sea level. Sheesh. One would have to doubt that this AP writer is even remotely aware of the concept of water displacement discovered by Archimedes about 2500 years ago (there is no hope, I believe, that the writer would know the second aorist, first person of the Greek verb 'to discover' which is associated with that discovery).
I have about $14,000 I can get in short notice. I will bet anyone this amount of money that the Arctic, the Northern Ocean, will not be ice free by the end of Summer, 2013. It's an absurd prediction. Kind of like the AP article.