Maybe these cute guys like to swim and maybe their ice islands are getting smaller due to Mother Nature…possibilities that Mr. Gore doesn’t want you or anyone else to examine.
Is the Global Warming Issue Really Settled Science?
(EDIT: I really don’t need to do this but I am doing so for the benefit of one person. As you read below, nowhere will you find that I deny Global Warming. My position, as this clearly points out, is for an honest, open and full debate, which is traditional in scientific circles. Open minds on all sides. My contention is that mankind often thinks he has an answer only to find that we knew nothing. I only wish people would stop using false methodology to push their position. I would also encourage, if you like, to check out a definition of libel.)
Yesterday, President Obama made a speech that urged the passing of his Energy Bill,which some are calling a Global Warming Bill. Much of it is based on the assumption that mankind is the cause of Global Warming, that there are dire consequences to Global Warming andthat mankind can and should do something to stop Global Warming. Many would say that its based on speculation and others will suggest that the bill’s policy features, such as cap and trade, is more of a political move than anything substantive.
It’s rather ironic that, on the same day the President made this speech, some information came from our friend Anthony Watts regarding temperatures at the North Pole. Global Warming is supposed to cause the melting of the ice caps.
However, over the past 18-24 months, there has actually been an increase in polar ice following an all time recorded low. Last year, there were all sorts of reports that the Arctic Ice cap might disappear completely over the summer. That obviously did not come close to occurring. Well, Watts reports that the average Arctic temperature has not risen above freezing which is the latest that its’ been that cold in 50 years. He also reported that a source inside the EPA says that scientific claims are being suppressed and ignored within the EPA.
I don’t know if it’s suppression, but the story over the past year of an undersea volcano potentially causing Arctic ice melt sure didn’t get much play…not as much as the fear that the ice cap would melt altogether last summer. In fact, in another ironic twist, on this date in 2008, National Geographic published an article regarding the under-Arctic volcanoes that previously mankind thought was impossible. The undersea volcano is apparently is very large and has been spewing extremely hot lava perhaps as high as two kilometers through the water. This volcano was discovered a few years ago by accident. There had been some who had suspected that the ridge under the Arctic was oozing molten lava but no one had a clue that it was exploding with such force. One article says the eruptions are similar to the one that buried Pompeii.
Before I list a bunch of links that you can check out for yourself, I want to go back to something that I harp on. And that is that we, especially as Americans, tend to lose humility as humans and think we know everything and start talking in absolutes. Someone (Gore) goes and makes a movie, that includes secretly computer generated scenes of melting ice, and claims that all that needs to be known is known and the debate is declared over. That smacks of totalitarianism, elitism and also is an un-American effort to stifle debate in a free society. I mean, it comes from the same people who claim to be for tolerance. They tend to tolerate what they deem is acceptable and want to squash opposing viewpoints.
Once again, we find that we don’t know everything but act as if we do. Mankind is limited in it’s knowledge and incapable of dealing in absolutes. Previously I posted about the building blocks of life coming from inorganic sources from the ocean floor. Who knew? Now we find that there is a giant heat source under the Arctic that may be responsible for the rapid ice melt. Who knew? As it turns out, you’ll find in some of the links that some people did ponder the warming of ocean waters from below being the cause as they had a theory that ocean warming caused the end of the last ice age.
What rankles me is that this discovery was made in 2004, before the supposed documentary An Inconvenient Truth was made. If the makers didn’t know about it they should have and if it were truly a documentary and not political propaganda to push a point of view, then they would have mentioned the possibilities. And of course, the national media has focused on the topic du jour, Global Warming, and have not even sniffed at this story that first came out in 2004.
Anyway…off my soap box. Here are some links to recent articles.
This one apparently has been saying it’s ocean warming for quite some time.
Within that page is an article from 2007 that says a USC study shows that ocean warming and not global warming caused the end to the last ice age
Here is an article from the National Science Foundation in 2004 that reported the accidental discovery of the volcanic activity. This was before An Inconvenient Truth was released, yet the report was ignored.
Here’s one from a site that has more of a political edge but is informative with maps and such.
And this one is the most recent that seems to have gotten some attention. It’s a bit political too but it has an interesting chart that shows a drop in Arctic Ice that coincides with the time of when the scientists think that the volcano erupted in 1999.
On This Date in History:
The most prolific President of all time got back in the saddle on this date in 1844 when President John Tyler wed his twenty-four year old second wife,Julia. The 54 year-old widower had lost his wife several months prior. She had lost her father in a cannon accident just two months prior to the wedding. You can read about the whole incident and other details on my earlier account regarding John Tyler. Bottom line is that President Tyler is the only President to be married while in office. The couple wed in secret to avoid the 19th century of the Paparazzi andbecause she was supposed to be in mourning over her father’s death and most people don’t think marrying the President of the United States as being a good exhibition of mourning. The didn’t have much time left in office as his term was up in 8 months. But that didn’t mean that John couldn’t still get it done. He had 7 children by is first wife of 29 years. He had 8 more by his second wife. In all, he had 15 children. One was 5 years older than his 2nd wife and 45 years older than the youngest. Who says Jimmy Carter is the most accomplished former President?
Weather Bottom Line: We had over an inch and a half of rain officiallly at the airport in the early morning hours Friday. The lightning was pretty frequent as the thunder woke me up and I recall seeing the flashes of light with my eyes closed. I saw a tv weather guy on Thursday night that there might be a couple of “poppers” overnight. Uh….it was more than that. Also, he used a term that is a pet peave of mine. He kept referring to cold fronts as “cool” fronts. There is no such thing. When people do such things, I can usually ascertain where they received their academic background in Meteorlogy. Anyway, the photos above are from last Thursday via the NWS and WDRB-TV. Notice on the one shot the reflection in the windows of the building of the lightning that is hitting the Ohio River. Here are expanded views of the lightning.
We should have sinking air behind the storms so I doubt if we will have anything for the rest of the day. Saturday looks good but it will still be hot. It’s Sunday we get another cold front that will provide a risk for strong storms again and then lower temperatures behind it for the first part of next week….probably about 10 degrees or so.