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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Another global warming tragedy

If by tragedy, you mean yet another example of how global warming is all a giant scam, and people who keep doing stuff like this, and end up making idiots out of themselves, only to prove their own theory wrong.

These are not the first people to try and prove that global warming is true by hiking through the Arctic, where the polar ice is supposedly melting.

The result, however, is the same (emphasis mine):
A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite. The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.

"Ann said losing toes and going forward at all costs was never part of the journey," said Ann Atwood, who helped organize the expedition.

But the latest trek got off to a bad start. The day they set off from Ward Hunt Island, a plane landing near the women hit their gear, punching a hole in Bancroft's sled and damaging one of Arnesen's snowshoes.

They repaired the snowshoe with binding from a ski, but Atwood said the patch job created pressure on Arnesen's left foot, which led to blisters that then turned into frostbite.

Then there was the cold _ quite a bit colder, Atwood said, then Bancroft and Arnesen had expected. One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times, Atwood said.

"My first reaction when they called to say there were calling it off was that they just sounded really, really cold," Atwood said.

She said Bancroft and Arnesen were applying hot water bottles to Arnesen's foot every night, but had to wake up periodically because the bottles froze.

The explorers had planned to call in regular updates to school groups by satellite phone, and had planned online posts with photographic evidence of global warming. In contrast to Bancroft's 1986 trek across the Arctic with fellow Minnesota explorer Will Steger, this time she and Arnesen were prepared to don body suits and swim through areas where polar ice has melted.

Atwood said there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures.

"They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Atwood said. "But one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability."

See, one of the things that comes with global warming is unpredictability -- now I get it! Extreme cold = global warming. Lots of hurricanes = global warming. No hurricanes = global warming. Blizzards = global warming. Any kind of weather, anywhere, is caused by global warming!

What I can't help but wonder about is how these out-to-prove-global-warming-true-explorers (and these two are definitely not the first ones, and probably won't be the last) ever thought anything different would happen. I mean, when they sat around thinking about swimming through the arctic circle, did they really believe their own propaganda, and think they wouldn't freeze? And even if they did believe their own propaganda, why did they not realize the game was up when their gear froze?

Maybe then they just sat around and started praying to the Goracle. Instead of facing Mecca, they face Malibu. Global warming and environmentalism is the religion of choice for moonbats, after all.

A good quote from American Thinker:

I hope the two recover fully and come to realize that it can still be really, really cold in the arctic, no matter what Al Gore tells them.

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I hope they are now letting those school groups know that it is foolish to plan to swim in the Arctic beacuse it gets really, really cold there.


Hat Tip: Moonbattery.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, setting aside the issue for a minute of the *cause* of global warming, average global temperatures have increased about 0.5C over the last *century*. How much of a dumb-ass do you have to be to think that amount of *average* increase would lead to tropical conditions in the Arctic? In my Navy days, we spent a lot of time under the polar ice and I can tell you, it's COLD!!!

Angry White Guy said...

It gets too hot, and it's Global Warming.

It gets too cold, and it's Global Warming.

It rains too much, and it's Global Warming.

It rains too little, and it's Global Warming.

Too many hurricanes? Global Warming.

Almost none? Global Warming.

Seriously, is there anything Global Warming can't do?

Anonymous said...

Make itself go away?

BHUVAN CHAND JUYAL said...

Now a day global warming controversy is very hype. NASA sciencetists completely work on global warming research. According the sciencetists after 30 year earth is completely effected by global warming.

Anonymous said...

I was just reading through this page and I can't help but shake my head. Anyone who says Global Warming is all a scam because the Arctic is still extremely cold... is just plain ignorant. I'm a science teacher, and my brother a meteorologist and we've spent years studying this stuff. You can't read one article here and one article there and say - oh, it's a scam - the arctic is still freezing cold. Of course it's cold! Because of it's high latitude, it receives less direct solar energy (light waves from the sun), so its surface doesn't heat as quickly as, say, the equatorial zone. But that's the point! If areas as high up as the arctic and Antarctica are slowly melting (especially given that snow and ice has a high reflectivity and therefore very slow to melt by direct solar heating), then we really have a huge problem. Our atmosphere is warming, and if people don't start taking it seriously (and don't quit looking for reasons to cop out and therefore shirk their responsibilities) then we're doomed. Plain and simple.

Of course, there's way more science behind this than I can write here, but really - get EDUCATED!