From the “You might want to check the weather forecast before you start out” department:
I’m sorry, but I just have to laugh at this one. There’s just too much hilarious irony. Our polar bear thinks its funny too.
[Regarding] the collapse of the Bancroft-Arnesen polar expedition on Monday. The expedition was a stunt (a harsh word, I know, but the only one that’s appropriate) intended to dramatize the effect of warming on the Arctic. The two trekkers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, planned to walk 530 miles from Canada to the Pole, swimming across rifts in the ice created by warming. Well, the rifts turned out not to exist, and the project had to be called off after only a few miles when Arnesen was threatened with frostbite. It appears that warming has a way to go – outside temperatures were hitting a hundred below zero at night. Bancroft and Arnesen returned little the worse for wear. “One of things we see with global warming,” their expedition organizer Ann Atwood said by way of explanation, “is unpredictability.” Uhh… right.
[Bloggers note: I nor any other meteorologist can predict next weeks weather 100% accurately, so what makes them think they can predict 20-50 years ahead with utmost certainty?
Here’s what they said at the outset: “Because global warming impacts the polar regions first and most dramatically, the changes in the Arctic are a lens into what the rest of the world may experience in the future, unless changes are made swiftly.”]
From a press release sent by the expedition to schools that were following online:
“The goal of this expedition is to help you learn more about global warming; we realize that it is ironic that frostbite and the cold temperatures contributed to our return. But, please know that global warming is real, and with it can come extreme unpredictable changes in temperature. Evidence abounds within this region and in our few days here we already observed some of its evidence.”
[Bloggers note: No evidence of GW in the arctic was presented on their website that I can find though they did manage to post a single photo of the expedition in progress.
[Article from the American Thinker continued…]
Meanwhile, the Telegraph, the UK’s major center-right paper (Across Europe, you can publish those without anyone collapsing into hysteria. They still do some things better), reveals that Timothy Ball, a Canadian climatologist who appeared in the British anti-Gore documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle”, has received death threats in response to his defiance of the consensus. An anonymous e-mail message told him that “…if he continued to speak out, he would not live to see further global warming.”
This is probably the tip of the iceberg (so to speak). There have no doubt been many such incidents where the scientists threatened have chosen not to call attention to it. The Greens, after all, are the movement that has produced such tolerant and openminded groups as Earth First! and the Earth Liberation Front. We may yet see people physically attacked for their stance on warming.
Which will mean, of course, that the Greens will have utterly failed, as occurred previously with overpopulation, nuclear winter, and the coming ice age. The Greens have long believed that all they need to do is convince the elites and the media and then the rest of us will follow like so many sheep. If we keep very quiet about it, maybe they’ll fail to figure it out, and continue wasting their time on empty stunts, death threats, and star turns by the Saint of Nashville.
Now there’s an idea… why not have Al Gore walk to the North Pole? Even I’d pay good money to see that.