By Alan Caruba
The latest story to get scientists emailing furiously among each other was the one in the Telegraph, a British newspaper, that all the ice around the North Pole would melt away this summer.
This story has surfaced before, most notably in The New York Times, and clearly journalists should not be allowed to grapple with the extraordinary notion that, in the SUMMER, the ice at the top of the world might actually melt a bit because the northern hemisphere gets—what’s the word---oh yes, WARMER!
These highly complex concepts such as "warm" in the summer and "cold" in the winter just completely overwhelm the ability of journalists to cope with any sign of climate change.
Seaman who have sailed the Arctic waters have known for a very long time that the sea ice breaks up in the summertime. It’s not even news. The recent discovery of huge undersea volcanoes is going to be big news one of these days when scientists learn more of their effect on ocean temperatures. Like those on the surface, they are scattered throughout the oceans and at the poles.
Mount Erebus has been an active volcano in the Antarctica, accounting for a semi-permanent hole in the ozone above it.
While my friends in the world of science spent the day discussing the story via email, it reminded me of all the people who keep telling us about global warming and how most have no science credentials at all.
Al Gore has a degree in government, not science, nor does England’s Prince Charles who likewise lacks a science degree. When you check out television personalities like Katie Couric, Scott Pelley, Matt Lauer, or Meredith Viera, you discover that none of them have degrees reflecting any branch of science.
Moving along, other leading advocates of global warming include Al Sharpton, Alicia Silverstone, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ted Turner, and Robert Redford, all of whom were either college or high school dropouts.
People who are billed as scientists often majored in areas other than meteorology or climatology. There’s the infamous James Hansen of NASA who got the whole global warming ball rolling back in the 1980s with a warning we’d all be dead by now. He has since revised that prediction, but his degree is in physics and mathematics. Bill Nye “the science guy” has a degree in mechanical engineering!
The politicians who use global warming to look environmentally concerned and correct include John McCain. He has a Bachelor of Science degree, but managed to acquire it while graduating 894th out of 899 in his class. Newt Gingrich has no science degree whatever, but has a PhD in modern European history. Robert Kennedy, Jr., one of the greatest twits to have ever been born into that family, has a BA in government and a JD in law. No science degree.
The list of dropouts and graduates in fields other than science who run around bloviating about global warming is a very long one. They are ill-equipped to tell anyone about the complexities of the Earth’s climate because it is such a complex subject that even those who are recognized as experts have the good sense to be humble. Not one of them can tell you why clouds do what they do. Nobody knows.
So, rest easy. The North Pole is not melting. That’s good news for Santa Claus.
Disclosure: I graduated shortly after the end of the last ice age with a BA in communications, but have written extensively on science topics for decades. I am a longtime member of the National Association of Science Writers.