by Rod D. Martin
November 5, 2015
So as you may have heard, NASA just released satellite data showing that — contrary to the official narrative — Antarctic ice is not only growing, but has been growing rapidly and consistently as long as anyone can discern. At a rate of 112 billion tons of ice per year net. That rate of growth slowed down briefly last decade and then picked back up. And all this new ice is canceling out virtually all hypothesized sea-level increase.
You would think this would be cause for rejoicing among those most concerned about the effect on our planet of Global Warming (now rebranded “Climate Change”). But in fact, it is not. Quite the opposite: it has been a cause for great consternation and a lot of, er, denial.
Which brings me to this. In all seriousness: if Global Warming is going to doom us all, why aren’t its proponents celebrating at this news, regardless of its political implications? Wouldn’t that thrill them, if they weren’t more bought into silencing all political opposition than into pursuing science and “following the truth wherever it leads”?
This has always been my issue with the whole thing. Is the Earth warming? Are people responsible? Will we all die horribly if we own an SUV? How can I possibly know these things? But I do know that the people I see promoting these ideas — and claiming to worship at the altar of science — seem a lot more like worshipers and a lot less like scientists. And they demand the same political solutions (and grant money) they demanded when they were promoting a “new ice age” (for those of you too young to remember).
Oh, one other thing. About that “we’re all going to die” part. Riddle me this: The entire RSS dataset from January 1979 to date shows global warming at a rate equivalent to 1.2 Cº per century. The IPCC currently predicts a global warming rate of 1.7 Cº per century, which is significantly greater than any observed warming. This is supposed to bring catastrophe.
But the warming in the Central England temperature dataset just in the 40 years 1694-1733, well before the Industrial Revolution, was equivalent to a comparatively mind boggling 4.33 C°/century.
Yes, it was a terrible thing, the Great English Desert of 1750. That’s why so many people had to emigrate to the colonies, don’t you know.
More Antarctic ice on this scale — canceling out virtually all accounted-for rise in sea levels — should be good news to the Warmists. It isn’t: they’re hysterical. And that should tell you what you need to know about their devotion to science. Should you be skeptical about “climate change?” Doesn’t matter. You should be skeptical about the people reaching into your wallet and restricting your freedom and your future. There may be truth in what they say. But they are not at all committed to the truth.