The other day I linked to this rather absurd pants-crapper of a story from the Associated Press. I didn’t quote this bit however:
Scientists fear that what’s happening with Arctic ice melt will be amplified so that ominous sea level rise will occur sooner than they expected. They predict Arctic waters could be ice-free in summers, perhaps by 2013, decades earlier than they thought only a few years ago.
Wow, that sounds really terrible…
…Except that water is more dense as a liquid than it is as ice. I guess the AP’s science writer kind of failed to mention this rather important point. See here I’ve filled a glass with ice and water:
Note how the ice has floated to the top. This is what is known as the Archimedes Principle (No, not a link to Wikipedia, though you can look it up yourself there if you wish).
I then proceeded to fill the glass to the absolute maximum, even so the water was actually slightly higher than the rim of the glass:
Next, I simply waited till the ice melted.
Huh…no rise whatsoever…
Of course, this is because the ice floating in the water was already displacing it’s own volume. Don’t count on the AP’s “science” writer to state this fact, especially when a melting ice story sounds so totally scary.
Now, Al Gore is in hysterics about glacial ice melting on land and adding to the ocean – thus causing the seas to rise. In fact, he is so worried about it happening, that in his film – An Inconvenient Truth, he used scary looking footage of ice caps to make his point. Well…actually they were Computer Generated icecaps from the intro to the movie The Day After Tomorrow:
The point is – this huge impending fear of melting ice causing the seas to rise is not settled science – though there is no way you would even imagine that reading the APs article (let alone Archimedes Principle).
And I feel like I have to point this out in every post about environmental issues: It’s not that I don’t care about our planet. I do however value truth, (especially when an issue effects liberty).
I am adamantly opposed to governments gaining the power to enact onerous tyrannical legislation based on phony-bologna junk-science from the hysterical propagandists (GE and NBC’s Green Week.) who have direct financial stakes in the legislation being passed. This is a coercive tactic using the strong-arm of government to force people into investing in “green” tech, carbon credits, and other things.
The thing I hate about this is that the actual prudent folks, who do wish for responsible and practical stewardship of the planet have no voice. If you aren’t shrieking bloody murder about our impending doom, or absurd notions like “we have ten years to save the planet,” and if you dare doubt or ask questions, or if you aren’t willing to lie to serve the cause — well…you’re basically an evil scum-bag who likely receives money from Lucifer Big Oil.
The worst part is that the media is content reporting Jedi Mind Tricks. Any data critical of anthropomorphic global warming: “This isn’t the scientific data you’re looking for, move along.” You won’t read a critical thought from the A.P. cause they aren’t concerned with truth. Whatever happened to investigative journalism? What…Now we just report whatever some government organization (read IPCC) says, and don’t ask questions?
In my opinion, you extremists do nothing to help your cause. Your only efforts have been drowning out opposing viewpoints, and slandering critics in morally reprehensible terms (aka ‘Deniers’). In the words of the once great Oliver Cromwell before the Long Parliament:
“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”