We got a bunch of snow this winter, unlike the past few years. Of course, what we had was nothing compared to what they got on the Eastern Seaboard. So, I had to kinda wonder about this…
A famous climate scientist predicted that the Arctic would be ice-free in five years. Unfortunately for him, that was five years ago.
The Guardian published an article in August 2008 in which Professor Wieslaw Maslowski produced a forecast "which indicated that by 2013 there will be no ice in the Arctic, other than a few outcrops on islands near Greenland and Canada, between mid-July and mid-September."
Maslowski said that ice is “clearly not building up enough over winter to restore cover”. I guess he missed the forecast for this year. Another quote in the same article reported that, "Now the most detailed computer models suggest the Arctic's summer ice is going to last for only a few more years." This quote was from Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University.
Arctic ice did not disappear last summer, and it doesn’t seem to be disappearing now. The "average sea ice extent for January 2013 was 5.32 million square miles."
But, that won’t stop Obama from trying to gain political leverage from a failed global warming theory. In his recent State of the Union address, he declared, "For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change."
I like what respected climate scientist Richard Lindzen said about all this:
"Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age."
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