President Obama squandered thousands of gallons of jet fuel this week flying to Alaska to promote his global-warming agenda. He’s pushing a civilization-crushing deal in Paris in December to curb carbon emissions.
While in Alaska, Obama visited a couple of retreating glaciers to demonstrate his oh-so-grave concern.
He grabbed a photo op at the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, Alaska, where he told reporters, “this is as good a signpost of what we’re dealing with on climate change as just about anything.”
Next, he took a three-hour boat tour around Resurrection Bay to see the 12-mile- (19.3-km-) long Bear Glacier. Both glaciers are retreating toward the 300 square mile (777 km2) Harding Icefield.
Cherry picking the glaciers
Why didn’t Obama mention the Hubbard Glacier?
Located near Yakutat, about 220 miles northwest of Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and 350 miles east of Exit Glacier, Hubbard Glacier is 25 percent bigger than the state of Rhode Island and measures more than six miles across where it meets the ocean.
Perhaps Mr. Obama doesn’t know this – or perhaps he doesn’t want you to know this – but Hubbard Glacier has been advancing – that’s right, advancing! – for more than a century.
And it’s not the only advancing glacier in Alaska.
According to the USGS, Hubbard Glacier is the largest of eight calving glaciers in Alaska that are currently increasing in total mass and advancing.
The media likes to show scary footage of calving glaciers as proof of global warming. But calving glaciers prove nothing. The advancing Hubbard Glacier routinely calves off icebergs the size of a ten-story building.
Or maybe Obama’s poster-child glacier could have been the Taku Glacier, which originates in the Juneau Icefield.
Located just south of Juneau, the Taku Glacier is huge, measuring close to one-mile (1,477 m) thick – and 36 miles (58 km) long. The Taku Glacier is recognized as the deepest and thickest alpine temperate glacier known in the world.
And guess what? The Taku Glacier is also advancing.
And it’s not like no one knows about it. The Taku Glacier has been advancing at least since 1890, when it was viewed by John Muir.
Several glaciers in Alaska’s Glacier Bay are also advancing. Glacier Bay was a large single glacier of solid ice till early 18th century, when it started retreating. (Shall we blame all of those early 18th-century SUVs?)
And just a few years ago, the main glaciers in Icy Bay, just 29 miles from Glacier Bay, displayed spectacular advancement.
“At least three glaciers in the same bay have advanced in one year,” said Chris Larsen, at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “To have them advance right now is kind of weird.”
It sure would be nice to get an honest picture of what’s going on in Alaska.