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Joe Bastardi / Sep. 9, 2013

Ice, Ice, Baby

Over the years, I have wondered if many of the folks on the other side of the AGW debate actually believed what they were saying. In the warmth of your home it's pretty easy to make bold pronouncements about impending disasters 70 years down the road. But to actually believe it enough to take action? Well, that's admirable in a way -- I admire people that take a stand. But believing this enough to try it? I can't go that far.

This article caught my eye:

Over the years, I have wondered if many of the folks on the other side of the AGW debate actually believed what they were saying. In the warmth of your home it’s pretty easy to make bold pronouncements about impending disasters 70 years down the road. But to actually believe it enough to take action? Well, that’s admirable in a way – I admire people that take a stand. But believing this enough to try it? I can’t go that far.

So here we are, the summer of 2013.

Remember this quote from Senator John Kerry in 2009?

“[T]he Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013.”

In defense of the former senator, he was simply reciting what some in the scientific community told him. But I have a question for him and our policy makers who claim that climate change is the biggest threat to civilization today: Have you taken a look at what is actually going on? Let’s see how things turned out. Here’s a look at the Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Area:

Is ice coverage below normal? Yes, but it’s much higher than last year and at the highest level in several years. Certainly not gone.

Lost in all this is the Southern Hemisphere ice cap which grew to record levels in July. It’s closer to the top of the heap now than the Arctic ice cap is to the bottom.

I am still stumped trying to figure out how many of the AGW proponents actually believe this nonsense. I wonder if anyone will ask John Kerry why the ice cap is still there. Not only is it still there, but it’s still behaving the way nature dictates. It’s darn cold, and you have to be pretty naïve to believe it’s going to melt away.

If the agenda was based on man-caused global cooling, then you can be sure the Antarctic ice cap would be in the news every day.

Joe Bastardi is chief forecaster at WeatherBELL Analytics, a meteorological consulting firm.

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