31 Aug 11 – “One problem with ‘global warming’ that scientists and journalists seem to gloss over is that it doesn’t seem to be, well, global,” says this article on autonomousmind.
Each summer the media makes a big deal of the extent of Arctic sea ice melt during the warmest months of the year, often proclaiming that all the Arctic ice will soon melt away while studiously ignoring the increasing extent of sea ice in the winter.
Consider the following little-reported story.
Last month, the Swedish government abruptly ended an ongoing agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation that allowed NSF to lease Oden, the pride of the Swedish icebreaking fleet and also the world’s most capable polar-class research vessel.
After increasingly bitter winters resulted in more iced-over navigation passages, the Swedish government wrote to US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, to announce that the icebreaker Oden will be kept home and not made available to support the work of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) in Antarctica, for the first time since 2006. (See copy of that letter to Hillary here)
Why will the Oden be kept home?
Because the country’s two existing icebreakers cannot cope with the “difficult ice conditions” in the Gulf of Finland that have disrupted commercial shipping lanes around Sweden and the Baltic nations.
NSF has used the Oden each winter since 2006–07 to clear a path through the sea ice to resupply McMurdo Station, the largest scientific outpost in Antarctica, but this year the NSF will pay approximately $8 million to use the Russian icebreaker Ignatyuk.
It seems the National Science Foundation only has itself to blame for the position it found itself in, for the NSF is responsible for managing the U.S. icebreaking fleet. Under NSF management the US icebreaking fleet has been ‘emasculated’. The American fleet of icebreakers numbers three – for now – with one of those scheduled to be decommissioned soon.
Why did the NSF not properly maintain the US icebreaking fleet? Could it be the faith in its own belief that global warming is reducing ice cover and therefore spending money on icebreakers would be a waste?
The fact that no newspaper appears to have reported this very important story begs the question: Is there a media agenda to avoid stories that might cast doubt on the idea of human-caused global warming?
See entire great article, originally entitled “Reality of sea ice is starting to bite”
Thanks to Marc Morano for this link
Icebreaker Deal to Keep Antarctic Research Afloat
NSF will pay approximately $8 million this year to use the Ignatyuk…
Sweden’s Sea Ice Worries Lead To Icebreaker Recall
U.S. Icebreaking Woes Threaten McMurdo Resupply, Research Plans
NSF Signs Agreement to Use of Russian Icebreaker for Critical Antarctic Resupply and Refueling Mission