Reminder: Polar ice cap could be completely gone by 2014!

Al Gore

Al Gore

by NW Spotlight

Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. It was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

When he delivered his Nobel Lecture on December 10, 2007, Al Gore said “scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is ‘falling off a cliff.’ One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years. Seven years from now.”

On Tuesday of this week, Forbes reported “Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average.”

NASA photo of Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent from February 2015

NASA photo of Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent from February 2015

Click here to view NASA photo of Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent from February 2015 on NASA website.

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  • Bob Clark

    Here’s another funny one about this boogie man, government’s modern day excuse to grab more power over the individual (ever read ‘Lord of the Flies’ by the way?):

    Obama this week in a speech blamed today’s various wars on Climate Change. Geez, guess we must have had climate change in biblical times, Roman times, Medieval times, Napoleon times, 1776, 1812, 1860-65, WWI, WW2, and I am leaving out a lot of other times. (then again, climate change is itself an oxymoron since archeological and other studies suggest a climate always changing across millennium.)

    Modern day snake oil: Here yee, Here yee, I’ve got what ails us. This wind mill here is worth top dollar, it will right the oceans and cool the great outdoors in the summer.

    • Eric Blair

      Interesting… I always considered Jack, and his group of hunters, to be more like Republicans and Conservatives: unwilling to listen to advice or reason when it conflicts with their own views, willing to cynically appeal to emotion and fear to attain his (Jack’s) views, and setting an island on fire to find stamp out the last voice of reason and commonsense (after killing Piggy, of course).

      LOL.. yes, some conflicts he blamed on climate change. However, he was talking about today and in the future. Not in the past. You are aware that there can be various causes for war, yes? And, that some of the wars have been about scare resources. Bad crops, for instance, helped lead to the Great Fear in 1789. I would suggest that you study your history better, and get a grip. 😉

      As for snake oil… well, seems to me that conservatives have an abundance of it they want to foist on everyone else.

      • thevillageidiot

        So which part of the forbes and NASA report did you not like or take exception to?

        • Eric Blair

          I was responding to Bob. I’m not sure what your point is. 🙂 However, check out the link provided by HBGuy.

    • DavidAppell

      Bob, are you aware the world is now warming 30 times faster than when the Earth left its last ice age?

  • MrBill

    I remember when Professor Gore made that prediction. I entered it in my Outlook calendar and was looking forward to taking a cruise on the Arctic Ocean that year. I was very disappointed when the polar icecap didn’t melt.

    Al Gore ruined my vacation.

    • Tipper A Kissmate-Exhale

      Except as otherwise provided, poster ploys like David Appell and Eric Blair…arr still michael moorre likely to tryst in all that provsioner Gore sways

    • Eric Blair

      And yet, I’ll trust Professor Gore much more than I’ll ever trust Professor Inhofe.

      • thevillageidiot

        is that because gore caters to your belief system?

        • Eric Blair

          I don’t reference Gore for my facts. But thank you for asking. 🙂 I do like the link provided by HBguy though.

      • guest

        Does Chuck Wiese concur with your defining’s?
        But’ of curse your grind doesn’t café espresso with the real time meteorological evidence he represents. .

        • Eric Blair

          yeah.. you know.. too many others who have the same training, or more, who disagree with him.

          Is there a particular reason that you believe Chuck over others?

          • guest

            For the same reasoning I’d rather fly with Chuck Wiese than Andreas Lubitz.
            Indeed, the pilot scientist poses far more trustworthy intelligence than the average ‘bares’. sic, [all gore] , WJC, BHO, HRC, et all, lounge-lizarding in the wreck room haul on the DNC Animal Farm grounds.

          • Eric Blair

            And not one of those are an actual climatologist. I find that interesting and telling.

          • guest

            But’ Blairing analomoly: Who in the wail are you to officially toot for godliness slake? Reality know!

          • guest

            2nd request: Who or what/whap in the pluperfect imbalances are you…whose noting a butt a truffle born under a David Appell tree thou truffle-ling cod piece adorer?

  • HBguy

    This data and analysis from the National Snow and Ice data center, which is sponsored by NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation, seems to contradict the Forbes editorial writer.

    I’d also not that the scientific data in this link talks about ice thickness and the age of ice as well.

    It’s an interesting read for anyone who likes to consider the science rather than the politics behind climate change.

    http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

  • Chartdon’tlie
  • 0ld_Fart

    While Al Gore is an ass and didn’t deserved a Nobel Prize (neither did Obama), and while it is not getting noticeably hotter of late, the rationale for this is that the sunspot cycle has gone whacko and the sun is radiating less energy as a result. There has been plenty of research to back this up. Recommended Reading: The Sun’s Heartbeat by Bob Berman. It’s a very intelligible book and will entertain as well as inform.

    • HDT

      The sun is but a morning star…..

    • DavidAppell

      It certainly is getting hotter of late; the 12-month rolling average of surface temperatures is at a record high, according to NASA.

      So actually solar irradiance is going AGAINST this warming trend.

  • Mobetter

    Plus, the Antarctic ice is growing thicker than ever…now they have to relocate the research station due to extreme cooling, which is caused by extreme warming.
    ALL MAN MADE!!!
    Please everyone – just take a breath – and then let’s all work together to save our mother, the earth.
    By the way, Al looks like he has been eating pretty well lately….

    • Jack Lord God

      Al Gore is like 19th century missionaries in a way. They came to do good, and they did very well indeed.

      Personally I admire Al Gore. The guy really was the first to parley environmentalism into a big bucks personal enterprise. Way more successful than any other individual I can think of in the racket.

    • guest

      Mobetter – indeed, less Tipperling, thus allowing michael moore time for dining in and around his luxuriant estate of affairs. .

    • DavidAppell

      CO2 isn’t the only influence on the planet. Stronger winds off Antarctica, in part from the ozone hole, are driving ice offshore as it melts from glaciers into the Ross Sea.

  • Jack Lord God

    Truth of life number 1 – Throughout all of human history, there has been someone making a damn good living predicting the end of the world.

    The Achilles heel of any end of the world shell game is if you put the timeline too far out, people don’t really care and buy in. If you put it too close, obviously the trick in the shell game is revealed.

    Nobody really thinks Al Gore believed this when he said it, It was simply a tactic to drum up money, and to that extent it was successful.

    Essentially AGW comes down to the same thing as Social Security. It’s very hip to say you are concerned about it, or in SS case that you don’t believe it will be there for you. However at the end of the day, there is a reason Manhattan real estate prices are soaring and you don’t see a vast uptick in the number of trilby hat hipsters investigating Roth IRA’s. Nobody really believes coastal regions are going to be submerged and you better believe they will be there to collect come SS time.

    • DavidAppell

      So do you think the Earth doesn’t emit infrared radiation, or that CO2 doesn’t absorb it?

  • Ron Swaren

    Whether or not you believe that anthropogenic global warming is real, I think there is a need for alternative energy sources and I try to keep up to date on what is happening. It doesn’t necessarily favor anyone’s agenda. For example, there is a lot of “green” technology in automotive transport, and it puts fixed technologies—like light rail, for instance—to shame. Weren’t hydroelectric dams—a renewable energy resource—considered radical at one time?

    What I think should worry us in the energy field is the frantic pace that nuclear power plants are being built by Russia and China in middle eastern countries. How can this be good? But on the other hand are we going to say to people in those countries “No you can’t have modern, electrically powered consumer items. You will just have to be content living in the Middle Ages.”

    But we don’t have a lot to offer them as economical alternatives. Right now nuclear is probably the cheapest way to produce power on a larger scale. However, with lower consumption devices there would probably be more options for something besides nuclear. British Columbia, for example, has done pretty well with micro hydro generating.

    • .

      Hydrogen-ously spoken Sir.

  • DavidAppell

    “On Tuesday of this week, Forbes reported “Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average.””

    That came from the Heartland Institute, and not surprisingly it’s propaganda. Here’s why:

    http://www.atmos.illinois.edu/~wlchapma/Forbes.article.response.pdf

    though I don’t expect anyone here to be interested enough in the facts to read that.

  • DavidAppell

    “Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average.”

    Of course, ice is 3-dimensional, not 2-dimensional, and by volume the Arctic is losing sea ice 10 times faster than the Antarctic is gaining it. Here’s the scientific data:

    http://davidappell.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-fast-is-planet-losing-ice.html

  • Guest

    I fucking hate liars. In fact, the Earth’s ice IS shrinking, including the Arctic’s ice cap. “Forbes” didn’t “report” anything, it was some freelance douchebag that intentionally took a NASA report out of context.

    http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-study-shows-global-sea-ice-diminishing-despite-antarctic-gains

    • guest

      Your intercourse discourse better served, eat all, at dog and pony show going Dutch at sum nether-lands carnal site.
      Ways and means while: Fools bold like Gore should remain lost out on Stupors-Titian Mountain.
      As’ for Dem faux paws expelling here: Go back to your ruminations until Mother Earth say’s you’ve cleared out the derriere smell befouling your bardroom .

    • Eye Carumba

      Fine, butt as’ so, an exposed Continent of Antarctica will reveal quite a bounty of valuable minerals along with a pathology of the cosmosis formerly covered overt by layers of Hillary-ice .

  • .

    Tidings out to All Gore-lings fallowing in his mistrial daze.
    Bettor he be rerouted to a sawdust covered floor at some Mustang raunchet gamboling establishment.

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