Re: The North Pole is Missing! [NYT]

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Date: Wed Aug 23 2000 - 09:46:29 PDT

Stuck in the Ice Age
 Another faulty report by the global-warming alarmists.

 By Ronald Bailey, science correspondent, Reason magazine

This past Saturday, readers of the New York Times woke up to
 an alarming and overwrought front-page story complete with
 photos about the hole in the ice over the North Pole. Apparently
 holiday cruisers in the Arctic were dismayed to discover that they
 could not have their pictures snapped while standing on ice floes at
 the pole. The Times opined that "the last time scientists can be
 certain the pole was awash in water was more than 50 million years

 Harvard climatologist and head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental
 Panel on Climate Change Working Group 2 (and rabid
 global-warming proponent), James McCarthy told the Times that
 "there was a sense of alarm" on the part of the holidaymakers who
 concluded that "global warming is real."

 "Maybe McCarthy ought to have consulted the U.N.'s own arctic
 temperature record," says University of Virginia climatologist
 Patrick Michaels. "That record clearly shows no net warming in
 summer time arctic temperatures for the past 70 years."

 In fact, arctic temperatures were as warm in the 1930s and 1940s
 as they are today, and probably the reason no one saw open water
 in the far north back then is that vacationers didn't tend to cruise to
 the pole during the Depression and World War II. Even National
 Public Radio, not known for its global-warming skepticism, pointed
 out that as arctic ice shifts under the influence of wind and tide, it
 cracks ? revealing open water anywhere from time to time.

 But then that wouldn't have been a front page story in the midst of
 a presidential campaign ? a campaing in which one contender is
 the world's leading political proponent of imminent global-warming

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