Getting Stuck In Ice, In Summer, While Demonstrating The Effects Of Global Warming

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    Wherein we see one of those ironies unappreciated by those they, actually, in this case, trap. It is summer in Antarctica. It reminds me of the Global Warming (as they called it in those days) Conference in Europe when many of the flights were delayed or cancelled because of a, gasp, winter storm.

   In my part of the world, Global Warming is showing itself with ice, snow and much lower than average temperatures.

Global Warming Researcher Gets Stuck In Ice
By Debra J. Saunders

A funny thing happened during Australian climate change professor Chris Turney’s venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney’s good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there’s so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

Years ago, global warming believers renamed the phenomenon "climate change" — probably because of pesky details such as unusually cold weather undercutting the warming argument. Now, just as advocates argue that earth is approaching a tipping point, there’s so much ice floating in Antarctica during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer that the Australasian Antarctic Expedition posted in a statement: "We’re stuck in our own experiment."

Does this incident mean that climate change is an illusion or a hoax? Of course not. Even during its summer, Antarctica is subject to extreme weather. "Bad weather is the norm in Antarctica," climatologist Roy Spencer observed.

But it does show that like the rest of us chickens, scientists have feet of clay. Turney had told journalists that his expedition wanted to collect data that could be used to improve climate models. Too bad the folks who are supposed to predict climate decades into the future are guided by scientists who could not manage to avoid ice floes during a five-week trip.

"We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Turney told Fox News. He believes that the ship was stuck in old ice from a 75-mile-long iceberg that broke apart three years ago.

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      The break up of the iceberg was, of course, due to Global Warming. They can explain anything and everything.

Fair enough. But there’s still the issue of ice volume. Climate changers usually warn about Arctic ice, which has been receding over the past few decades, but rarely address the overall growth of ice in Antarctica.

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   Al Gore has assured us that the Arctic ice cap will be gone by 2014. It better hurry up and melt, only one day left. I saw Al’s credibility just a moment ago. It’s around here somewhere.

"I’m sure some researchers can find a possible explanation where humans are causing both Arctic ice melting and Antarctic ice growth, but I’m skeptical of scientists who blame every change in nature on human activities. Nature routinely causes its own changes, without any help from us," quoth Spencer, himself a climate change contrarian.

"Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up," the Australasian Antarctic Expedition acknowledges. It’s a conundrum. If warming is melting ice in the Northern Hemisphere, why isn’t it melting ice in the Southern Hemisphere?
Believers seize on all manner of weather — less Arctic ice, more Antarctic ice — as proof of climate change, but as Spencer notes, there is no climate change without man-caused global warming.

Turney told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that his goal is to excite the public about science. As for climate change, "in the scientific community, it’s remarkably solid." And "self-evident."

He pushes a framework of science being data-driven and free from politics. Yet it’s hard to escape the suspicion that whatever the icebound researchers experience, they will frame it as proof that climate change is unassailable.

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   As Karl Popper has pointed out, a theory which can explain everything, can explain nothing and, a theory which cannot be disproved is useless. That’s the Global Warming Theory–explains everything–cannot be disproved. In this changing world, it’s refreshing to see people who don’t change when the facts are against them. Good luck with the trapped in the ice problem.

Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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