Tonight, I was watching TV, minding my own business. Then along comes Noah Wyle depressing me with talk of the melting glaciers and the dying polar bears. This seemed so apropos since I just finished a TERRIFIC article on the global warming or climate change alarmists, whatever they’re calling it this week. Take a look if you want:
Very convincing. It actually looks like there are dying polar bears. Of course, polar bears do die, I’m not suggesting they don’t. But there’s no evidence in this commercial that the climate change has anything to do with the supposed dwindling polar bear herds. There isn’t even any evidence in this commercial that the herds are actually dwindling. We’re just supposed to believe it and fork over our money.
So, naturally, I did a little research. Since I had global warming on the brain anyway, it seemed like a good follow-up. Let’s start with the polar ice cap. We’re being told that the bears are dying because their habitat is melting. The truth is that arctic ice has an ebb and flow much like the tides. If you take a short amount of time, you could reasonably make the argument that the ice is melting or that it is growing. I found a rather detailed and well-sourced work on the subject going way back to a time before we had satellites and other such sophisticated equipment, but had boots on the ground. The reports from people who had been to the arctic and had seen differences between times they had visited. For example, this report from the President of the Royal Society to the Admiralty in London, 1817,
“Mr. Scoresby, a very intelligent young man who commands a whaling vessel from Whitby observed last year that 2000 square leagues (a league is 3 miles) of ice with which the Greenland Seas between the latitudes of 74° and 80°N have been hitherto covered, has in the last two years entirely disappeared.”
So, even back in the 1800’s, they were observing decreased ice in the north. But it came back. In 1868, we get this quote from a British expedition to Greenland:
“Cape Parry was passed at midnight, and we came across some heavy ice, being the first met with since leaving the straits. On the 30th it was so close as to compel us to haul in shore, affording a great contrast with the state of the ice at the same period two years ago, when the pack was 30 miles from the land.”
Ok, well that’s great for 200 years ago, but what about now. Now we have satellites and thermometers and gauges of every conceivable kind. Well, it looks like the ice is coming back. According to NASA (you know that right-wing propaganda organization), they believe the melting ice is a result of currents which bring more warm water to the north, causing the ice to melt. But recently, they have noticed a change in their data. In a project headed by Jim Morison (no not THAT Jim Morison, the one from the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center Applied Physics Laboratory, in Seattle), it was discovered that there is a decrease in water pressure, suggestion the ice is reforming. According to Mr. Morison, “Our study confirms many changes seen in upper Arctic Ocean circulation in the 1990s were mostly decadal in nature, rather than trends caused by global warming.”
So the fluctuation in arctic ice is quite normal and nothing to be alarmed about. But what about the cute little deadly bears? Surely, cute little Noah Wyle wouldn’t be lying to us about them being endangered? Would he? Well, the polar bears have had a rough history. Up until the 1960’s they were hunted to near extinction. According to Wikipedia’s very well-sourced article on polar bears, there were only 1,250 polar bears in the world in 1968. In 1973, all five nations whose territories are inhabited by polar bears signed an agreement to protect the animals. Fast forward to today. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Agency, current polar bear populations are stable at 22,000 to 25,000! That doesn’t sound very endangered to me. If they in danger from anything, it’s that there isn’t enough food to support that large a herd.
But the attempt to suppress this information is in full swing because it doesn’t fit the template. Late last month, a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group took place in Copenhagen. This is one of a series of events in a run-up to the UN’s big climate change summit to be held in Copenhagen in December. But according to the UK Telegraph, Dr. Mitchell Taylor, one of world’s leading experts on polar bears, has been told to stay away from the conference. Why? Apparently, Dr. Taylor, who has been studying the bears for more than three decades, believes the polar bear population is just fine, thank you. According to the Telegraph, Dr. Taylor was told that his views, “are extremely unhelpful.”
Clearly the UN’s climate change initiative is not interested in the truth, or they would have all hands on deck. Why not hear from all sides and then let the chips fall where they may? If that happened, it would put doubt in the minds of people and then they wouldn’t be able to dictate our behavior they way they want to. But why the polar bears? That’s easy. If they can put a cute cuddly face on the global warming scam, they can get more money and sympathy from us. Using the polar bears also gets the kids on their side. Remember what Al Gore told a group of kids in Washington earlier this year. First he compares the climate change crusade to the civil rights movement when he was a kid, and how the kids forced their parents to make changes. He then said that older people don’t want to change the old ways. That’s when he said this:
“In a period of rapid change, there are times when new understandings are more apparent to young people.”
That means, you kids should trust your instincts and not listen to your parents. If we tell you the polar bears are dying, don’t listen to what your parents say, trust us.
Don’t be misled. Use your brain. Take a moment to read through some of the material I’ve posted and see if it’s possible that there could be another point of view.