Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Links You've Been Looking For

My apologies for taking so long to get these links up to stories we've been talking about on the show.

Here's that columnist in Australia knows more about America's greatness than Michelle Obama.

And there must be something in the water in Australia because this surge of common sense about/appreciation of America is growing.

Those of you who want to know more about what's really going on with the polar bears and "global warming" than the Boston Globe-Democrat does--congratulations, you already do! Because, as they demonstrated on the front page this week, they know nothing.

Here's Professor Roy Spencer--an actual climate scientist--on the polar bear issue. There are more polar bears alive and thriving today than any other time since we've been tracking them.

And if you're afraid that all the polar ice is melting, you might be surprised to learn that, in some key areas, we have the most sea ice in 15 years. There are also the new findings from NASA and independently reported in the journal Nature as well (but not reported by the Boston Globe-Democrat) that the somewhat higher than normal melting at the poles--you did know that water melts every summer and freezes every winter, right?--is entirely unrelated to "global warming."

In October 2007, NASA announced the results of an in-depth study of Arctic sea-ice melting and found that what has caused the unusually large melting seen in the last eight years was not greenhouse gas-induced global warming. In the press release describing the study, team leader Son Nghiem explained that the warming of recent years was, in fact, caused by a change in wind patterns.

"Unusual atmospheric conditions set up wind patterns that compressed the sea ice, loaded it into the Transpolar Drift Stream and then sped its flow out of the Arctic," he said. When that sea ice reached lower latitudes, it rapidly melted in the warmer waters.

One final link, on the economy. The next time you hear someone whining that we're entering the next Great Depression, give them these facts to ponder. Not that it will do any good.