Let’s engage in an Al Gore flashback. If Al Gore can be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, that says a lot more about the Nobel Peace Prize than it does Mr. Gore. That’s almost as bad as Obama getting the Peace Prize. What an absolutely worthless award.
Back in 2007, Al Gore was sure that the Arctic ice caps would be gone by now. It was in his Peace Prize acceptance speech that he prophesied: “The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff. It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.”
Now, for some reason, Gore isn’t available for comment. Maybe it has something to do with the growing Arctic ice cap. Here’s the Daily Mail:
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.
The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by NASA. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometers.
This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometers over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.
Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometers.
When his dire predictions didn’t pan out, and reality went in the opposite direction, no one cares. None of the warmists, I mean. If you dare bring this up with any warmist, they’ll call you a “science denier.” They’ll tell you that you just need to have faith that Al Gore knows what he’s talking about, despite the observable and inconvenient evidence.