NASA is reporting that Antarctic sea ice hasn’t been this thick since 1979.
Of course, liberals want to focus on the ice that’s melted at the North Pole. They want to use that as evidence that the world is heating up, and everything is melting, and we’re all going to die of heat stroke, and it’s all because of the fossil fuel industry. The only answer is to tax and regulate them into bankruptcy, while the government spends trillions in taxpayer-funded grants to the “Green” industry. Think Solyndra.
The reason the Antarctic sea ice is important is that if the warmists’ main premise is correct, that the burning of fossil fuels and the emitting of carbon is causing global warming, then it should be heating up everywhere. All the ice around the globe should be melting. Global temperatures should be continuing to increase.
But what has the observable science shown? That there hasn’t been any global warming for some 18 years. And that while ice has been lost in the North Pole, the South Pole is experiencing record ice gains.
“Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s,” the NASA website reported on October 7.
NASA went on to say:
“Since the late 1970s, the Arctic has lost an average of 20,800 square miles (53,900 square kilometers) of ice a year; the Antarctic has gained an average of 7,300 square miles (18,900 sq km). On Sept. 19 this year, for the first time ever since 1979, Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 7.72 million square miles (20 million square kilometers), according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The ice extent stayed above this benchmark extent for several days. The average maximum extent between 1981 and 2010 was 7.23 million square miles (18.72 million square kilometers).
The single-day maximum extent this year was reached on Sept. 20, according to NSIDC data, when the sea ice covered 7.78 million square miles (20.14 million square kilometers). This year’s five-day average maximum was reached on Sept. 22, when sea ice covered 7.76 million square miles (20.11 million square kilometers), according to NSIDC.”
The amount of ice did surprise many, and Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, noted that “not every location on the face of Earth is acting as expected.” She went on to say that the readings make scientists ask “OK, this isn’t what we expected, now how can we explain it?”
At least NASA’s acknowledging that the sea ice is growing down south. Liberals don’t usually want to talk about the counterevidence. It makes them uncomfortable.
As for these scientists, they can’t explain why there’s been no global warming for the past 18 years, despite record carbon emissions, or why Antarctic Sea ice is growing instead of melting, again despite record carbon emissions. They admit they can’t explain it. They’ll admit that it doesn’t really make sense inside the context of manmade global warming. But they still choose to believe in it anyway.