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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Antarctic expansion

I give it ten years before we start hearing the usual suspects going on about the New Ice Age:
Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year).
Of course, the solutions to stopping the New Ice Age will be exactly the same solutions presented to stop the Great Global Inferno.

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Anonymous Kyle In Japan September 19, 2012 7:42 PM  

Whatever happened to all that business about "record polar melting this summer?"

Blogger Vidad, AKA David the Good September 19, 2012 7:56 PM  

Are the climate scientists even sharing the same planet with each other?

Anonymous kh123 September 19, 2012 8:03 PM  

"Whatever happened to all that business about "record polar melting this summer?"

Inconvenient Truth sold enough tickets and DVD copies to continue to fuel interest in Al's speaking tour, all of which made Global Warming's prophet a nice little sum, with some vicarious ability to rattle the political sabre from afar. That's all the business that needed to happen.

Anonymous The Stranger September 19, 2012 8:06 PM  

From what I hear, it's more a dust-bowl than an inferno.

I'm greatly amused by the fact that the proposed solution is, quote, "legislation.". Not specific actions. Legislation. Without legislation, the world ends. With legislation, it continues.

Anonymous Godfrey September 19, 2012 8:07 PM  

"Of course, the solutions to stopping the New Ice Age will be exactly the same solutions presented to stop the Great Global Inferno."


Yes, the solution to EVERY problem is one world totalitarian government. Only a small elite of very powerful and welathy people can save us.

Anonymous Redlegben September 19, 2012 8:29 PM  

I've been talking to my fellow scientists about AGW for the last two years in an aggressive way. I confront them with what they know about the science and the truth is they know very little about how climatologists go about their work. My peer group is physicists and chemists. I have presented a couple of lectures to them disproving many of the methods that climatologists use. Inevitably, once I win them over, their response is, "well, it can't hurt to decrease those types of emissions." Unfortunately, this group of scientists is unaware of economic or political considerations when making this type of a statement. They also are convinced that someone who claims to be a scientist would never knowingly falsify data. I think this helps explain why the AGW crowd can drum up so many signatures from scientists.

Anonymous WaterBoy September 19, 2012 8:32 PM  

An alternative viewpoint.

Anonymous Scintan September 19, 2012 8:36 PM  

Let me help.

"The increasing ice levels in the Antarctic is proof that global climate change is a serious, and immediate, threat to all human life."

Anonymous The One September 19, 2012 8:44 PM  

Yes, yahoo.com. The bastion of the TRUTH right up there with wikipedia. Seriously Waterboy?

Anonymous Jack Amok September 19, 2012 8:52 PM  

I wonder if Al Gore has ever heard of Charlie Hatfield.

I went to college in San Diego. There's a bit of local history there about a big drought in the early 20th century and a guy named Charlie Hatfield who claimed he could make it rain. He wrote up a contract with the city that said he'd get $10,000 if he could fill the city reservoirs. Not a dime otherwise. The city signed the contract, and he went up into the hills east of town. He built a wooden tower and started burning some sort of foul black smudge pots. Day and night he kept his pots going for a week.

Then it began to rain. And rain. And rain. The reservoir filled, then overflowed. Rivers flooded. Eventually the damn failed. Dozens of people were drowned and hundreds of houses destroyed in the flood. Hatfield went to collect his money. Instead of paying him, the city threatened to try him for murder and he barely escaped from an impromtu lynch mob that wanted to hang him.

So.

Save us from Global Warming huh?

Anonymous spectator September 19, 2012 8:53 PM  

I was just looking online at a 1965 Oldsmobile Jetstar.. Now I feel it is my duty to buy it and do my part to stave off the upcoming polar apocalypse

Anonymous Ferd September 19, 2012 9:01 PM  

Al Gore!!!!! We neeed YOU!!

Anonymous jack September 19, 2012 9:14 PM  

We've been overdue for the onset of an ice age. Quite possibly the onset of the industrial revolution may have provided that small increment of warming that prevented this from happening. Or, happening as quickly. Now, with the drive to lower emissions the ice age can come on down. And, it seems it may. 20 to 50 years the whacked out liberals will be screaming for more emissions to counter the terrible cold and hunger. Wait and see.

IMHO

Anonymous 11B September 19, 2012 9:19 PM  

Whatever happened to all that business about "record polar melting this summer?"

From the Guardian, on September 17, 2012:

One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.

In what he calls a "global disaster" now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for "urgent" consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.

Anonymous Cat McClusky September 19, 2012 9:23 PM  

If there is warming, it's due to carbon emissions by humans. If it's cooling it's due to carbon emissions by humans. If it warms and then cools and then warms again, the erratic nature of it is due to carbon emissions by humans. If it their is virtually no change over an extended time, then it's in stasis and that is the result of carbon emissions by humans.

What a blatant scam that all is.

Anonymous TheExpat September 19, 2012 9:25 PM  

I can't wait for global cooling or even the onset of a new ice age. I need a longer ski season.

Anonymous Daniel September 19, 2012 9:49 PM  

...and in 20 years, when the new ice age is debunked, the great existential threat will be...

Excessive Climate Stability

Anonymous bw September 19, 2012 9:50 PM  

the solutions to stopping the New Ice Age will be exactly the same solutions presented... VD

Exactly because they started with the solution - or synthesis, if you will.

Anonymous David Of One September 19, 2012 9:59 PM  

"Great Global Inferno" - Vox

I so do like that phrase Vox.

Definitely put a wry smile on my face.

I suppose, warmer or colder, I am doomed to continue to hold my farts to save the planet. Though if I were in close proximity to Gore or Biden or Big O or the Lizard Queen itself ... I would feel obligated to let loose with all due prejudice.

Anonymous zen0 September 19, 2012 10:14 PM  

If we could just establish a Federal Climate Regulatory Commission, they could assure that warming would be stable at @2%/year, and if the cooling factors became too excessive, they could manufacture heat at will, out of nothing, and all would be well again.

Anonymous Stickwick September 19, 2012 10:57 PM  

...and in 20 years, when the new ice age is debunked, the great existential threat will be...

Excessive Climate Stability


At some point the statist weenies are going to give up and move on to something less thoroughly discredited than climate crisis. Like the imminent threat from the lizard people who live at the center of the Earth.

Anonymous Daniel September 19, 2012 11:09 PM  

Stickwick
At some point the statist weenies are going to give up and move on to something less thoroughly discredited than climate crisis. Like the imminent threat from the lizard people who live at the center of the Earth.

Don't be insane. They'll never turn against the Clinton Empire.

Anonymous zen0 September 19, 2012 11:09 PM  

Like the imminent threat from the lizard people who live at the center of the Earth.

Duh! Everybody knows the lizard people are not in the middle of the earth, but on the surface of the earth embedded within the human population and are shape shifters who live forever and take on different guises.
Their handlers , however, are on an ethereal plane, and oversee the governing of events.

I am sorry to inform you of this, but the extent of your curiousity triggered an expositional event.

Just the way it goes, sometimes.

Anonymous AnonymousManosphereBlogger September 20, 2012 12:10 AM  

Now let's use a little logic here...

"Man Made" Climate change is an idea. A theory. There is no historical record of such a thing.

Ice Ages? Why, they are inevitable, cyclical and in fact the 'default' state of epochs in the geologic record. In other words, much of the geologic records gained from studying things like ice cores indicates that the cycle of climate on this planet is primarily long term ice ages interspersed by brief warming epoch's.

So.....claims of an impending ice age are far more credible or worthy of serious contemplation, than the idea that mankind's burning of carbon can drastically alter the planets climate and result in some catalyst for a climactic catastrophe.

Google Robert Felix "Not by Fire, but by Ice"

Anonymous Stickwick September 20, 2012 12:16 AM  

Everybody knows the lizard people are not in the middle of the earth, but on the surface of the earth embedded within the human population and are shape shifters who live forever and take on different guises.

Hey, I heard it straight from a screwball who is an authority on this topic -- they come from the center of the Earth. There's even a MySpace page that confirms it.

Blogger papabear September 20, 2012 12:32 AM  

What would be a good counter to those who point to the melting of ice on Greenland?

Anonymous Rufus September 20, 2012 12:50 AM  

winter is coming...

Anonymous WaterBoy September 20, 2012 1:29 AM  

The One: "Yes, yahoo.com. The bastion of the TRUTH right up there with wikipedia. Seriously Waterboy?"

Yes, because it's s-o-o-o difficult to understand what a news aggregator provides, and how to get to the original article from the byline, isn't it?

Here, let me hold your hand and walk you through it.

Anonymous DT September 20, 2012 2:21 AM  

Unfortunately, this group of scientists is unaware of economic or political considerations when making this type of a statement.

I find that most people aren't even aware that a perfect hydrocarbon burn yields CO2 and H2O, the inevitable end products of the reaction to release the stored energy. They think that CO2 is the byproduct of an imperfect burn like the pollutants we've reduced through better engine management and catalytic converters. Granted my discussions are generally with non-scientists, but it wouldn't surprise me to find that many scientists commit the same error in thinking.

This is why the average person is for reducing CO2 emissions even if you get them to question that man is the primary cause of global warming. They are literally clueless to the fact that a reduction in CO2 emissions means a reduction in the energy they use every day. They think it just means another device installed on their cars.

I think this helps explain why the AGW crowd can drum up so many signatures from scientists.

The petition on this topic with the most signatures is a petition questioning AGW theory.

Anonymous DT September 20, 2012 2:38 AM  

Waterboy - you are actually correct that an increase in Antarctic sea ice does not formally disprove AGW theory.

What does formally disprove AGW theory?

* The missing tropospheric hot spot.

* The failure of climate models to correctly model the last decade.

* The complete failure of climate models to correctly model or explain Earth's climate history. AGW theory rests on the idea of positive water vapor feedbacks. If these feedbacks existed Earth should have never experienced a couple of ice ages which started during periods of very high atmospheric CO2.

I'll make this simple: the positive water vapor feedbacks do not exist. The amount of CO2 we've emitted, absent the theorized feedbacks, is simply not capable of warming the planet beyond natural variation. If we had a perfect and accurate model of Earth's climate we would find that our GHG emissions alter temperature by some fraction of 1C. That's not worth worrying about. The benefits of having the extra carbon in the biosphere far exceed any drawbacks to such small temperature variations.

You may be able to pin some events on "global warming", but that warming is driven by nature and dates back to the Little Ice Age. It is not caused by man.

Anonymous Redlegben September 20, 2012 3:16 AM  

H2O is a greenhouse gas. It has a structure that allows absorption and decreases re-emission. So, obviously H2O should be regulated by the government just like CO2. The general populace's ability to understand science is the ignorance the AGW crowd relies upon.

The latest CERN research has disproven the climatologists estimations on cloud formation as it relates to global cosmic rays. Short story, fewer sunspots/solar storms equals greater cloud formation/global warming. As in the sun is really, really, really big and it doesn't matter how much cows fart.

Anonymous VryeDenker September 20, 2012 3:20 AM  

At least we can console ourselves that the men behind the curtain still aren't brazen enough to openly enforce their will on us. They still seem to deem it necessary to hide behind a smoke screen.

Anonymous WaterBoy September 20, 2012 3:23 AM  

I'm not pinning anything anywhere. I only did what the original article suggested (except I used Yahoo instead of Google), and the article I linked to (which I found to contain some interesting counterpoints) is the first one that popped up. The Forbes article was third, and a television news website citing the Forbes article was second with the remainder of the first page split between other websites noting the record and sites noting the LiveScience article, so it would appear to be a problem with Google, rather than the reporting.

Anonymous ManBearPig September 20, 2012 5:42 AM  

What am I, chopped liver?

Blogger Lovekraft September 20, 2012 7:04 AM  

Best video was of the British stodgy duke reaming hairy-armpit, balaclava-scarved neophytes of the Cult of Gore at some global warming conference a few years ago.

On youtube. Sorry for no link.

Anonymous Stilicho September 20, 2012 7:05 AM  

What am I, chopped liver?

No, ManBearPig, you're serial...

Anonymous DrTorch September 20, 2012 7:15 AM  

Whatever happened to all that business about "record polar melting this summer?"

Seriously?

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2012/09/arctic-sea-ice-extent-settles-at-record-seasonal-minimum/

It was warm in the N Hemisphere, so the Arctic ice melted.

That left the S. Hemisphere colder, so the Antarctic ice grew.

Almost in balance for as long as records have been kept.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza September 20, 2012 7:50 AM  

Love it, hilarious. Will Algore be the first to change his mind and tell us this is his exclusive knowledge?

Blogger Leni Dog September 20, 2012 9:51 AM  

You mind I crib from this when I talk to the AGW idiots/hippies that 'front me on this issue?

Anonymous Anonymous September 20, 2012 10:31 AM  

The guy James Tayler links to (Goddard) doesn't even use his own name and is, by all accounts a guy with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

Yep, UNDERGRADUATE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS are the first people I go to when I want to know something about arctic and antarctic ice levels.

Seriously, on 3 or 4 science issues this blog is a total joke.

Clarence

Anonymous Wendy September 20, 2012 11:02 AM  

Ugh, the latest Yahoo article warns that global warming is threatening Nemo.

Anonymous Toby Temple September 20, 2012 11:04 AM  

Let me get this straight, Clarence.

When there is significant amount of ice melting, X says its due to increase in temperatures. X is therefore correct.

When there is significant amount of ice forming, X says it means nothing. X is therefore correct.

Is that what you think?

Blogger Fernando Chacon September 20, 2012 11:28 AM  

I make fun of all the Tree-huggers, my boss in particular. He doesn't talk to me about global warming anymore, when I made mention to him that these nuts can't get it right. In my lifetime they said a new Ice Age is coming (the Clash even sang about in in "London Calling", now that was a song), then Algore said "The planet has a fever", now it's "Climate Change".
Come on people give it a rest, simply study human history and you will find that there have always been changes in the climate.
Same thing with Smog in the LA Basin. Yes, back in the 70's and early 80's we had horrible smog conditions, Smog Abatement programs were put in place and now we do not. People still cry about smog, but the LA Basin is a place that even before Industrialization, there was sometimes a heavy haze over the area.

So after saying all of that, I often find myself thinking. Okay guys, you have your beautiful weather: but at what cost?
In the last 30-35 years major industry has left the LA area. We used to have Kaiser Steel in Fontana, a Firestone Tire plant (close to LA), Northrop, Lockheed, a Ford plant in Van Nuys, that's just naming a few. All of these big companies are gone or they downsized drastically. I know some of it happened after the Cold War, but what do we have now? Ikea, Walmart, Starbucks, McDonalds: other than construction, these are our biggest employers. Consumer based companies. Where are the producers? They are gone.
I had a conversation with my barber about this the other day. His comment to me was, "this cannot sustain itself". He doesn't have a PHD, or BA but, he can see.
We went from one extreme to the other, now I can see a peasant class growing. No fun.
Thank you Sierra Club. Thank you Air Quality Management District. Thank you, all you Westside nutbags.
The LA that I grew up in, is gone.

Anonymous Daniel September 20, 2012 11:50 AM  

This bodes well for my At The Mountains of Madness Re-enactment Society.

Anonymous bw September 20, 2012 12:45 PM  

stable at @2%/year, and if the cooling factors became too excessive, they could manufacture heat at will, out of nothing, and all would be well again Zeno

+1

Anonymous buzzcut September 20, 2012 3:51 PM  

Here's a fun little link:

http://butnowyouknow.net/those-who-fail-to-learn-from-history/climate-change-timeline/

From it - "For at least 114 years, climate “scientists” have been claiming that the climate was going to kill us…but they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming."

Anonymous kh123 September 20, 2012 4:39 PM  

"When there is significant amount of ice melting, X says its due to increase in temperatures. X is therefore correct.

When there is significant amount of ice forming, X says it means nothing. X is therefore correct."


And watch Clarence disappear into the internet ether.

Anonymous No_Limit_Bubba™ September 20, 2012 11:04 PM  

* *Co-Pilot Roger Murdock*(to Capt. Oveur): We have clearance, Clarence.
* *Capt. Oveur*: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?



*Sorry...couldn't resist....*

Anonymous Toby Temple September 21, 2012 5:25 PM  

And watch Clarence disappear into the internet ether.

Did not expect that. I thought he/she/it would try to counter.

Anonymous Boris September 24, 2012 11:51 AM  

http://tamino.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/poles-apart/

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