by Christopher C. Horner
Late last week, the Drudge Report amplified a â€œshock claimâ€ that â€œfor the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this yearâ€. Drudge linked to the claims originally trumpeted by the UKâ€™s fading left-wing rag The Independent.
Just for context, that is a paper that in late 2005 ran a story about me leading a Big Oil-funded global conspiracy against the Kyoto Protocol — not true, but I am willing to listen to offers — based on a cobbling of unrelated offal-smeared papers taken from my trash and given them by the dumpster divers of Greenpeace. But at least they called me first, unlike The Guardian which pulled the same stunt the same day.
This time the Indy writer also claimed â€œThe polar regions are experiencing the most dramatic increase in average temperatures due to global warming and scientists fear that as more sea ice is lost, the darker, open ocean will absorb more heat and raise local temperatures even further.â€ This is what we call a lie.Â Overlayed with Homeric prose, it expands to become a scare.
â€œThe polar regions are experiencing the most dramatic increase in average temperatures due to global warmingâ€ only in computer models. These taxpayer-funded PlayStations will crank out any result â€“ cooling or warming â€“ that you want. Given that warming is (for now) where the money is, our modern-day Willie Suttons queue up to model warming.
In fact, the Antarctic â€“ South Pole â€“ is gaining ice mass, and cooling.
In truth, the North Pole has warmed, but has more ice now than a year ago. And the researcher supposedly making this claim didnâ€™t actually make it: moreover he rushed to say that his words were being salaciously hyped.
Having once before fallen for a â€œNorth Pole is melting!â€ scam, even the New York Times — on its blog, mind you, no need to tamp down alarmism on its print pages â€“ admitted that the hyperventilated headline and lede â€œgo way beyond what Mark Serreze of the National Snow and Ice Data Center tells the reporter.â€ Serreze claimed on an alarmist blog that his actual claims â€œquickly grew out of all reasonable proportion,â€ admitting that a summer loss of ice at the North Pole â€œsummer would be purely symbolic, but symbolism can be pretty darned powerfulâ€ (prompting an alarmist, taxpayer-servant to call on his team to invoke such stunts more often).
This is what we should expect from a press corps fully vested in the global warming industry. It has gotten so bad that in January NBC News showed a moving piece on the plight of the Antarctic, with footage of polar bears. The news wouldâ€™ve been how in the world those bears got to the other side of the planet from where they really live. Outdoing itself, NBC recently also ran a piece on the Arctic, and showed us penguins. Sigh.
To show how bad things were last week, the less alarmist portrayal came from CNN. Of course, CNN made no effort to inform viewers that the â€œon recordâ€ they were talking about is simply since satellites began sending images in 1972. Nor did they bother with relevant details about the Northwest Passage though it was traversed regularly before the cooling that began about 1940.
Putting things in that perspective, you could say we are simply returning to what we believe was normal before the three-decade cooling that caused so much panic in the â€˜70s. Oh, the humanity.Â Have I mentioned the recent discovery of undersea volcanoes near the northern ice melt? Coincidence.
Read the rest of this piece at Human Events.
Christopher C. Horner is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism.