Urbin Report

Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Eco-Tourists" stuck in thick Arctic Ice

By way of AoSHQ is this story from Watts Up With That?. Disciples of Cult of Algore, who are taught that the "Northwest Passage" is almost ice-free these days and getting worse, took a luxury cruise on a Russian ice breaker to see the "environmental deviation." Then reality took over and the ship hit ice, thick ice. From the Globe and Mail story tells this tale of woe:

The ice master studies the mountains of white packed around the ship while the 24,000-horsepower diesel engines work at full throttle to open a path. The ship rises slowly onto the barrier of ice, crushes it and tosses aside blocks the size of small cars as if they were ice cubes in a glass. It creeps ahead a few metres, then comes to a halt, its bow firmly wedged in the ice. After doing this for two days, the ship can go no farther.

The ice master confers with the captain, who makes a call to the engine room. The engines are shut down. He turns to those of us watching the drama unfold, and we are shocked by his words: “Now, only nature can help this ship.” We are doomed to drift.

What irony. I am a passenger on one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, travelling through the Northwest Passage - which is supposed to become almost ice-free in a time of global warming, the next shipping route across the top of the world - and here we are, stuck in the ice, engines shut down, bridge deserted. Only time and tide can free us.

After seven days, the ice pack shifted enough for the powerful Russian ice breaker to move. Hardly the vision provided by Backpacker Magazine, which claimed "The ice is so low that the photos clearly show a viable northwest passage sea route along the coasts of Greenland, Canada, and Alaska."

I'm betting that most of the Cultists aboard will not let the reality they saw with their own eyes sway their belief system.

Yes, the arctic ice melted at record levels last summer, but then over the winter it froze back, covering more area than before and with record thickness. That however doesn't fit the model of the Cultists.

Is it a good idea to cut back on carbon based pollution? Hell ya! Otherwise you end up like China, where they are building a new dirty coal based power plant every month and people are dropping like flies from lung aliments. Should we commit economic suicide at the same time, like the Kyoto Protocols call for? Hell No!

Step back, look at the science and run the numbers. Figure out which actually makes more sense, a hybrid car that is less environmentally friendly to manufacture than a H2 Hummer or a 4 banger that gets 40+ MPG highway?

The current issue of Wired has a good article called Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What It Means to Be Green. Reading may cause some leftists heads to explode, but then the truth will do that.