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Nov 8, 2013

Climate accused of giving aid and comfort to skeptics

 “…but in the new approach, as you know, the important thing is to understand what you're doing rather than to get the right answer.” – Tom Lehrer, ‘New Math’
News of the increase in ice over the Arctic last year; which was supposed to be ice free by now under climate modeling, has left some climate frantics feeling (as Lehrer once described), “like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis.” 
The latest news of record levels of ice in the Antarctic seems to be leaving them with a feeling that the climate they love and want to nurture, has betrayed them.
Frantics have readily accepted the arguments that warming can result in extremely low temperatures, perpetual drought can be characterized by record rainfall, empty dams can be full, and that high temperatures are climate while low ones are weather.  Accepting that the Antarctic has more ice despite assurances that the overwhelming evidence is that the Southern Ocean is warming, may be a bridge too far.  
Far from disappearing, Antarctic ice levels reached a record high on Sept. 22. Climate alarmists are now being forced to reconcile this evidence with their unquestioning belief in global warming. 
The Washington Post’s Jason Samenow reported the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s findings that Antarctic ice had reached record levels. The previous record was set in 2012.In the same article, Jinlun Zhang, a University of Washington climate scientist, simply could not understand how this was possible: “Why would sea ice be increasing?” Despite this, Zhang contended that “[t]he overwhelming evidence is that the Southern Ocean is warming.” 
The rising Antarctic ice levels must have come as a shock to former Vice President Al Gore who blamed Antarctic ice melting on global warming in his 2006 book “An Inconvenient Truth.” Gore quoted scientist John Mercer: “One of the warning signs that a dangerous warming trend is underway in Antarctica will be the breakup of ice shelves on both coasts of the Antarctic peninsula.” … 
… Of course, the obvious answer is that Antarctic temperatures aren’t actually rising. On June 10, the New York Times reported that “[t]he rise in the surface temperature of the earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.” 
The broadcast networks paid no attention to this lull, instead repeatedly promoting climate change alarmism. CBS correspondent Mark Phillips acknowledged that global temperatures were not rising, but dismissed this fact as “ammunition” for climate skeptics on Sept. 26’s “Evening News,” saying that “another inconvenient truth has emerged on the way to the apocalypse.”
A better explanation is that the apocalypse is probably not happening.


  1. Yes, climate is changing. It was warming but it stopped warming more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, since 2001 the CO2 level has increased by 29% of the increase prior to 2001.
    At see an eye-opening graph and a simple equation that, with only one external forcing, calculates the average global temperature anomaly trend since 1610 and, with 90% accuracy, calculates measured average global temperature anomalies since 1895. See why the LIA and Global Warming both ended. CO2 change had no significant influence.