Saturday, August 08, 2009

Arctic Sea Ice In "Serial Meltdown"? Not So Fast, According To Environment Canada, Which Reports MORE Ice In The Northwest Passage

Rarely has the national media been more flagrantly biased than on the issue of so-called "global warming". This goes double for the issue of Arctic sea ice.

Recently, both NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that their analysis shows that Arctic sea ice continues to thin, leaving about 70 percent of Arctic ice -- up from 40 percent 30 years ago -- as one-year-old ice susceptible to summer melting. As a result, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that Arctic summers could be ice-free within 30 years, as opposed to 100 years as previously estimated. To support this conclusion, NASA released a new chart illustrating how dramatic they believe the change is.

February 2009 -- the point of the year when Arctic sea ice is at its maximum extent -- witnessed a record low amount of ice, and the extent of re-freezing was dramatically less than the median year. The full story and the referenced chart are available on the San Francisco Chronicle website.

Of course, as soon as this story was released, the national media swarmed all over it and spammed it just like kids swarming an ice cream truck on a hot summer's day. Almost ignored in the background was a contrasting story about the Northwest Passage published by Environment Canada.

Environment Canada, the Canadian agency responsible for providing weather service in Canada, says that Arctic ice has actually INCREASED enough to hinder navigation in the Northwest Passage this year. The Canadian Ice Service claims that in both the wider, deep-water northern corridor and in the narrower, shallower southern branches of the passage, pockets of more extensive winter freezing and concentrations of thicker, older ice at several key "choke points" are complicating ship travel.

Specifically, in the central part of the passage where the northern and southern routes merge amid narrowings around Prince of Wales Island, the Canadian Ice Service has observed "greater than normal concentrations of thicker, multi-year ice. This is the result of an increased flow of older ice from the Beaufort Sea into the Canadian Arctic archipelago last year."

This is opposite to what Environment Canada observed in the last week of July in 2007 and 2008. It should also be noted that in February 2009, it was reported that a faulty satellite sensor contributed towards an underestimation of sea ice.

Now why would the media decide that the American agencies are automatically more credible than Environment Canada? What technical expertise have journalists to blatantly tilt in favor of the Chicken Little assessment? The fact is, there is no reason to choose one point of view over the other. Both are observed phenomena - both are occurring simultaneously. While some Alaska glaciers are noticeably retreating, Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier continues to advance. And Andres Rivera, a glacialist with the Center for Scientific Studies in Valdivia, Chile, is quite frankly befuddled, lamely concluding that "not all glaciers respond equally to climate change." There is also some indications that sea ice in the Antarctic could actually be increasing; one study suggests any Arctic sea ice loss could be offset by an Antarctic sea ice gain.

If that's the case, why is the media concluding that all glaciers are melting? Why have the media become whores for the global warming cartel? Why does the media underrepresent or even suppress contrasting evidence? Don't we need ALL the facts to make intelligent decisions?

The problem is that the environmental cartel isn't just interested in the environment. It's been hijacked by those who want to use environmentalism as an excuse for additional population control. The elite who govern this country do not trust the people to make important decisions for themselves; instead, they want to manipulate public opinion and events towards predetermined ends.

Take cap-and-trade, for example. On July 14th, Sarah Palin exposed the problems attendant to cap-and-trade. She suggested it would drive up unemployment and energy costs. This, of course, makes life harder and more expensive for the working class, illustrating that the environmental movement is anti-working class at its very core. Unfortunately, corporate conservatives are also anti-working class, favoring the maximization of corporate profits by inundating the country with cheap foreign labor, but that's a separate issue.

Decisions on environmental policy need to incorporate all the facts and opinions necessary to ensure a policy which will lessen the pain and diffuse it as widely as possible. Climate change is a complex issue which defies simplistic partisan solutions. Media bias and censorship are irresponsible.


  1. More to this story.
    50 Glaciers reverse the trend and grow in south New Zealand (Taipei Times)
    Bolam Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Briksdal Glacier, Norway's glaciers growing at record pace (Agence-France Presse)
    Dôme du Goûter Glacier, Permanent Ice Fields Are Resisting Global warming (Science Daily)
    Growing - Fox Glacier has been advancing since 1985 (Alpine Guides)
    Growing - Franz Josef Glacier, A Glacier Grows, Undeterred by Heated Kyoto Debate (CNSNews)
    Growing - Guyot Glacier, Icy Bay Glaciers get up and go (SitNews)
    Growing - Himalayan Glaciers Are Growing ... and Confounding Global Warming Alarmists (The Heartland Institute)
    Growing - Hotlum Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Growing - Hubbard Glacier, Alaska: Growing and Advancing in Spite of Global Climate Change (USGS)
    Growing - Johns Hopkins Glacier is advancing and moving 3000 feet per year (Glacier Bay National Park)
    Growing - Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Norway's glaciers growing at record pace (Agence-France Presse)
    Growing - Kolka Glacier is growing again (NTV, Russia)
    Growing - Konwakiton Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Growing - McGinnis Glacier, Alaska Range Glacier Surges (Science Daily)
    Growing - Meares Glacier, an advancing glacier tearing up trees and rocks in its path as it grows (Alaska Tours)
    Growing - Mont Blanc Glacier, Global warming makes Mont Blanc grow (The Daily Telegraph, UK)
    Growing - Mount St. Helens Glacier, Glacier Grows in Mount St. Helens' Crater (FOX News)
    Growing - Glacier resumes growing in Mount St. Helens crater (The Seattle Times)
    Growing - Mud Creek Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Growing - Nigardsbreen Glacier is growing by 25 to 50 meters per year (Jostedal Glacier National Park)
    Growing - Perito Moreno Glacier, Defiant Argentine Glacier Thrives Despite Warming (Reuters)
    Growing - Pio XI Glacier, The biggest glacier in South America keeps growing every year (Visit Chile)
    Growing - Rockies: Colorado: 100 More Glaciers Are Discovered (The New York Times)
    Growing - Trinity Glaciers, Small Glaciers In Northern California Buck Global Warming Trend (Science Daily)
    Growing - Tsaa Glacier, Icy Bay Glaciers get up and go (SitNews)
    Growing - Watkins Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Growing - Whitney Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Growing - Wintun Glacier, Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (FOX News)
    Growing - Yahtze Glacier, Icy Bay Glaciers get up and go (SitNews)

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