Polls Shaken By Poles

Sea IceBy Andrew Bolt 

Global warming believers told us this year to look at the Arctic – and heed the awesome lesson.

And, boy, were they right.

In fact, Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull especially should check it out, from the North Pole to Canada, which went to the polls last week.

Of course, the reason the religious told us to look north was that they were sure a warming world had reached a deadly “tipping point”.

Last year’s summer melt had been so fierce that climate scientists warned that the warmed seas gave us a 50-50 chance of an ice-free Arctic this summer.

“It’s hard to see how the system may bounce back,” fretted Washington University’s Ignatius Rigor.

Countless headlines around the world blared this latest “proof ” of global warming (which, sshhh, actually halted in 1998). The ABC and Fairfax flew reporter Marian Wilkinson up to file scary reports from an ice-breaker, declaring: “Here you can see climate change happening before your eyes.”

Eco-explorer Lewis Gordon Pugh even announced he’d paddle a kayak all the way to the Pole to draw attention to this terrifying loss of ice.

But, oops. Pugh actually had to quit paddling when he found 1000km more ice in front of him than he’d expected.

Indeed, there was at least 9 per cent more Artic ice this summer than last, and the refreeze so far this autumn is so extraordinary there’s a third more ice than there was this time a year ago.

Canadians have sure felt this cold, too, enduring a miserable summer.

Perhaps it was this growing mismatch between the heat the alarmists predict and the cool we actually feel that explains the mood of Canadians on election day. Or maybe the financial crash made people suddenly leery about grandiose green promise that costs money and jobs.

Whatever, voters last week gave the Left-wing Liberal Party its worst hiding in a century, returning the Conservative Party of Stephen Harper.

Read the rest of this story at Herald Sun.

4 Responses to Polls Shaken By Poles

  1. R James October 24, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    In 2007, Arctic ice reached the lowest level in recorded history (which is only about 30years). In September 2008, Antarctic ice reached its highest level in the same period – did you notice the world headlines? In October 2008, Arctic ice recovered to within one standard deviation of the average for the past 30 years – did you notice the headlines? Thought not. The media is unbelievably one sided. Only the polar bears are rejoicing.

  2. Flanagan October 27, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    James: in september 2008, arctic reached its SECOND lowest extent ever, very very far from its highest summertime levels. Where the hell did you hear that?

  3. R James October 30, 2008 at 2:20 am #

    Flanagan – sucked in by the media – read the fine print – lowest in recorded history. They’ve only been recording this for about 30 years. Since 1979 when satellite recording began. How much ice do you think was there during the medieval warm period? Why do you think Greenland got its name?

  4. Flanagan November 7, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Greenland got its name from Erik The Red, in order to attract colonies to this newly discovered land, as everyone knows. The only known period where trees and herbaceous plants are believed to have been present is 800-1300, and these “green regions” were limited to the surrounding of fjords.

    in October 2008, antarctic actually reached its LOWEST maximum ever measured, as can be verified on the NSIDC website or on the Cryopshere Today Website.

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