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As The Globe Warms, Episode 463

Remember how all the polar ice is melting because of SUVs? And Al Gore promised ocean levels would rise 20 feet because of it?

Tell it to these guys

More than 100 fishing boats struggling to return from the annual seal hunt with about 400 people aboard were trapped in shifting pack ice off Newfoundland, helpless as an Arctic wind squeezes the ice tight around their vessels, the Canadian Coast Guard said Thursday.

The moving pack ice, long the nemesis of explorers and sailors in the frozen north, was so thick it trapped two of five icebreakers sent to the scene, according to coast guard communications officer Susan Keough in St. John's, Newfoundland. One was freed Thursday; the other remained icebound.

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"We haven't seen conditions like this in over 10 years," Keough said.

Read all of Doug Struck's Washington Post article at the link above. Hat-tip to Christopher Alleva of The American Thinker for pointing to this story.

Of course, the ice pack was influenced by the "nor'easter" which blew through a few days ago. The point is that broad generalizations are often false. For instance, while "global warming" is certainly occurring on the average, it is by no means uniform. The poles and much of North America are slightly warmer, Europe is much warmer, but large sections of the southern hemisphere and the oceans are unchanged or even cooler. The only thing which is perfectly clear is that we lack a clear understanding of the problem.

In such circumstances, adopting the solutions of the Chicken Little Caucus - which, perhaps not coincidentally, are wholly based upon governments taking more control over the private economy, and "multilateral" organizations dictating actions to sovereign states - would be quite foolish. They would drastically curtail economic growth worldwide, which is the very engine which will someday discover the next big energy source to move beyond fossil fuels, and which accounts for nearly all of the efficiencies gained in energy production and use over the years. The more draconian measures squelch growth, the longer it will take for the next breakthroughs, and even for the next minor refinement which helps, even if a little.

For many, if not most, of those clamoring for immediate crackdowns on "greenhouse gases," the important part is the seizure of new broad powers for central governments and multinational organizations. They don't want the problem solved, they only want the power they say is needed to solve it.

Comments (14)

"'multilateral' organizatio... (Below threshold)

"'multilateral' organizations dictating actions to sovereign states"

I find that phrase very amusing considering those on the left advocating governments all adhere to the Kyoto Protocol and Carbon Offsets seem to forget that they have no problems denouncing Governmental Leaders obtaining advice from Religious Leaders.

Any bets how many comments ... (Below threshold)

Any bets how many comments it will be before a Chicken-Littlest jumps into the thread with the "C" word.

Henry, with Canada considering dropping out of Kyoto in favor of President Bush's plan, the Asian-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6), the Kyoto treaty is on it's last legs.

If Kyoto does collapse it will only leave the EU countries supporting it and they have met very few of the treaties targets and as predicted by many has hurt all the economies.

I love your commentary on g... (Below threshold)

I love your commentary on global warming, but often see statements like: "The only thing which is perfectly clear is that we lack a clear understanding of the problem."
Why is a very slow overall warming trend a "problem"?

Well, golly gee wiz DataSav... (Below threshold)

Well, golly gee wiz DataSavant if you "lack a clear understanding of the problem" there's no assurance the problem is a problem and not part of a natural cycle.

I wouldn't go so far to cal... (Below threshold)

I wouldn't go so far to call any of this a problem as some of the above comments state, but i wouldn't mind finding out human's role in all of this. It seems that the gorebeciles are pretty quick to blame humans for climate change even though there has never been a stable temperature in this planets history. I have heard it asked, "What is the perfect temperature"? What would we do to make sure that we attain that perfect temperature? If Humans stopped flying, driving cars, stopped using gas and electricity would the climate on this planet do something unprecedented and all of a sudden stabilize? I think not.

I think it is fairly obvious that human impact on this planet is insignificant. We can affect local things sure, such as localized pollution and littering etc... But to make the stretch that human activity is changing our climate, which has always changed as long as this planet has been around, is absurd. It's not only absurd, but it makes it plain as day that it is a blind power grab by the worldwide left and they hope that all you rubes out there will buy into it and demand something be done about this "problem".

marc, you and datasavant ar... (Below threshold)

marc, you and datasavant are on the same page. Furthermore, we may not even be warming any longer, we may have finished emerging from the Medieval Warm Period, we don't know where on all the wave forms we are. It's silly to think we do know.

It's pretty "high and might... (Below threshold)

It's pretty "high and mighty" of us to assume we have any affect on our planet in this way. The amount of energy involved in warming the earth even one degree is beyond comprehension.

I dislike envirowackos who believe that if you don't espouse their global warming religion, then you obviously want to pollute. In fact you're so evil you gleefully pour oil over everything.

The Straw Man Argument used by so many of them is insane its worthless.

"we may have finished emerg... (Below threshold)

"we may have finished emerging from the Medieval Warm Period,_kim="

You mean the Viking Era?

Good God, I meant the Littl... (Below threshold)

Good God, I meant the Little Ice Age. Thanks for the bolt, Thor.

Hello? It's just Mother Ea... (Below threshold)

Hello? It's just Mother Earth taking vengeance on those mean, evil seal hunters. No Blood For Blubber!

The insurgent seas.=... (Below threshold)

The insurgent seas.

heh. kim, I'm a merchant ma... (Below threshold)

heh. kim, I'm a merchant mariner by profession, and having been through some insurgent seas...

Let's just say its a rockin good time? ;)

When I first read Conrad's ... (Below threshold)

When I first read Conrad's 'Typhoon', I'd already been there. I was a passenger on the Hikawa Maru.

If all 6 billion of us on e... (Below threshold)
Robert Pickrell:

If all 6 billion of us on earth jumped, waved a torch, shouted hallaluia at the same time would the earth react? I doubt it! So much for human caused global impact of anykind!






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