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Sea-levels are rising, we are all gonna die! Or maybe we are just making crap up – courtesy of the NY Times

November 14, 2010

As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas – NYTimes.com.

This article is unbelievable.  It shows how adeptly you can steer an argument if you are willing to couch it in phrases and terms that sound truthful but are quite disputable.  Here is exhibit number one:

The temperature reading was a new scrap of information in the effort to answer one of the most urgent — and most widely debated — questions facing humanity: How fast is the world’s ice going to melt?

Recognize the assumption there?  Sure we are debating about global warming, its a huge debate.  But according to the Times, that is not the issue.  The most urgent and widely debated issue is “How fast is the world’s ice going to melt?”  So all you flat-earthers just give up on the whole global warming ain’t happening stance you take, the truth is, everyone knows the ice is melting, we just don’t know how fast.

The next couple of paragraphs lay down some fear-mongering speech that makes Glenn Beck look like the King of the Optimists.  To paraphrase, by 2100, the Earth’s sea level will rise anywhere from 7 inches to as much as 15 feet.  Wow, quite a variance there, almost as if they have no clue what they are talking about.

On the second page, we actually get to the point where the writer has to admit all the fear-mongering could be speculation.  Of course it isn’t written that way, see for yourself:

They [scientists] have been unable even to measure the water temperature near some of the most important ice on the planet, much less to figure out if that water is warming over time. Vital satellites have not been replaced in a timely way, so that American scientists are losing some of their capability to watch the ice from space.

The missing information makes it impossible for scientists to be sure how serious the situation is.

It’s impossible to be sure how serious the situation is, but we all know its damn serious!

This next part is really interesting:

Water that originated far to the south, in warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean, is flushing into Greenland’s fjords at a brisk pace. Scientists suspect that as it melts the ice from beneath, the warm water is loosening the connection of the glaciers to the ground and to nearby rock.

The effect has been something like popping a Champagne cork, allowing the glaciers to move faster and dump more ice into the ocean. Within the past decade, the flow rate of many of Greenland’s biggest glaciers has doubled or tripled. Some of them have eventually slowed back down, but rarely have they returned to their speed of the 1990s.

I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but how does warm water coming from the south relate to global warming?  Does CO2 make the water intermingle more?  Maybe that’s what they meant by the Champagne reference, the bubbly drink loosens up the stuffy ties and throws off the waistcoats and allows the disparate groups of cold stuffy North water to mingle with the warm rural Southern water.

I also like the reluctant admittance that the glacial flow has slowed back down and some have (though rarely) returned to the speed of the 90’s.

Ready for some more fear mongering?  Here you go:

The overall loss of ice seems [my emphasis]to be accelerating, an ominous sign given that the island contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by more than 20 feet.

You know for a science, they aren’t too sure about much of anything.  But screw that, 20 freaking feet, we’re all gonna die!  Oh damn, I jumped the gun, the next paragraph sort of makes the whole article seem ridiculous:

Strictly speaking, scientists have not proved that human-induced global warming is the cause of the changes. They are mindful that the climate in the Arctic undergoes big natural variations. In the 1920s and ’30s, for instance, a warm spell caused many glaciers to retreat.

That’s only if we are “strictly speaking”.  You see, in science, it is dangerous to be too strict with the data.  Sometimes you have to just ignore data because it doesn’t agree with you.  Hmm, that doesn’t sound right.

The whole article if five freaking pages of the same schizophrenic reporting all culminating in the same conclusion, the ice is melting and even though it has done so in the past, this time it’s our fault.  Until you can give me definitive proof of global warming (that isn’t fudged to make a point) I will consider the issue exactly what it is, a religion.  Hmm, something about “the state shall establish no religion”?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. JustFacts permalink
    November 14, 2010 7:16 pm

    Everyone needs to read the late Michael Crichton’s best-selling techno-thriller, “State of Fear,” HarperCollins. Granted, it is fiction, but he references so many actual studies and documents, and no one has seriously refuted any of his suppositions. This is how our government, the media, and the enviro-wackos manipulate the public. It is a religion with them. Don’t bother me with the facts, I FEEL that man is responsible for all of these problems. Even if you do believe that man is responsibile for some portion of the Global Warming that may or may not be occurring, Crichton challenges you to evaluate that the media and our government are keeping us subdued by a constant stream of fear-mongering, not just about climate, but many other issues as well. Silicone breast implants, DDT, CFCs ALAR, H1N1, Y2K, you name it – they have a fear DeJour to keep you under their thumb.

    • November 14, 2010 8:24 pm

      Thank you for the recommendation of the book. And you are right. Its very similar to the perpetual war in George Orwell’s 1984. If the masses have a common enemy they can rally against, then whoever is pulling the strings can push their agenda. Since the Soviet Union has fallen, we need a new boogey-man. In military cases it has been fascist Islam. In domestic issues it has predominantly been Global Warming. If you combine the two issues, one can easily see 1984 becoming a reality.

  2. November 14, 2010 10:08 pm

    your’e spot on~!..the intimidation…gah!

  3. Chuck permalink
    November 14, 2010 10:33 pm

    I will believe Al Gore’s explanation for global warming when paleontologists unearth the fossil of a Woolly Mammoth driving an SUV…

  4. November 15, 2010 6:40 am

    These people simply will not give up. They act as if global warming is a fact and plan to move forward with their agenda even in the face of all the evidence that we now know was made up. They do not care about facts because this issue has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with control.

    • November 15, 2010 7:06 am

      It truly is a religion to these people. Every argument they use against a real religion can be successfully employed against the religion of environmentalism…hmm, sounds like a good post. =)

  5. Chuck permalink
    November 15, 2010 10:38 am

    As an aside, I also find it interesting that brother Al just purchased a 4 million dollar home right on the beach. I bet he doesn’t even have flood insurance…

    There is an old oriental saying that goes: “Listen to what people say, but if you want to know the truth, watch what they do.”

    • November 15, 2010 11:27 am

      Yeah, but I bet it is the most environmentally conscious $4 million home in the world. No central air, all squiggly light bulbs, completely solar powered. Naah, probably not.

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