6/5/12, "Facts Get In The Way–Again–Of A Good Global Warming Story," IBD Editorial
"Hillary Clinton made a well-publicized trip last week to the Arctic to see for herself the impact of global warming. Less well known, however, are two reports that contradict the climate-change alarmists.
Upon her return from Saturday's tour of the Norwegian coastline, the secretary of state announced that "many of the predictions about warming in the Arctic are being surpassed by the actual data."
- But she omitted a couple of important points:
First, polar ice is now the heaviest "in more than a decade," reports the Los Angeles Times. It is, in fact, so plentiful it could postpone Shell's "start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August."
The Times says the National Weather Service explains it in these terms: "A high pressure zone over the coast of Alaska, cold winter temperatures and certain ocean currents have combined to bring unusually large amounts of ice not only along Alaska's northern coast, but farther south in the Bering Sea as well."
"It now appears that the glaciers were retreating even faster 80 years ago" when man's carbon output was far less than today's, "but nobody worried about it, and the ice subsequently came back again."
We can understand a U.S. secretary of state visiting a region that's material to American interests. In this case, there is sea bed mining, oil and natural gas production and vital shipping routes to be considered.
But why throw in a political global warming jab?
Oh, that's right: Clinton is a Democrat working in a Democrat's administration that's used global warming alarmism to push its (failed) green energy agenda. Of course. Mixing the practical — and often forgetting the practical altogether — with the frivolous to make political points is the way Democrats roll.
We prefer to deal in facts, which continue to refute the prophets of global warming, who are always dragging up some point they say indisputably proves their claim. But for every argument they throw out, there's always at least one fact that wrecks the credibility of their story that man is causing the planet to warm to intolerable levels." via Climate Depot
5/25/12, "Heavy sea ice could mean slight delay in offshore Arctic drilling," LA Times, Kim Murphy
6/2/12, "1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today," UK Register, Lewis Page
While in Norway Mrs. Clinton spoke of a new global focus on particulate matter, ie, soot, black carbon, (which is not a greenhouse gas) among other substances not CO2:
6/2/12, "Remarks by Secretary of State Clinton With Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere," ENews Park Forest
Mrs. Clinton: "I’m highlighting a new partnership that I started called the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and we’re very pleased that Norway is a member. And it is to focus on what are called short-lived climate pollutants – methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons – which make up at least 30 – somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions."...
Everyone is admitting CO2 isn't where the focus should be:
5/21/12, "G8: Leaders open up vital new front in the battle to control global warming," UK Telegraph, Geoffrey Lean
"It seems to have gone virtually unnoticed, but the world leaders at the weekend's G8 summit look as if they have taken the biggest step in years in tackling climate change. And it's quite apart from anything to do with carbon dioxide."...
5/18/12, "CO2 Not to Blame for Southwest Droughts?" World Climate Report"Now comes along a new paper published in Nature magazine by Robert Allen and colleagues which suggests that the drying trend which remains is being caused more by black carbon aerosols and tropospheric ozone than by greenhouse gas emissions. ...
The authors argue that there is a good likelihood that black carbon emissions have been underestimated—especially those arising from Southeast Asia....
So, the EPA can try all they want to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but no matter how successful they are, they will have little impact, if any, on the future of drought in the Southwestern U.S., as drought there is a complex interaction between natural variability and human climate alterations—of which, as shown by Allen et al., greenhouse gases play only a minor role."
Per James Hansen and Dorothy Koch, Arctic black carbon comes mainly from Communist China and India:
Between 1980 and 1995, "BC (black carbon) emissions from developed countries have declined and aircraft are apparently not to blame. However, during this time BC emissions from China and India have nearly doubled:"
2/25/2005, "Distant origins of Arctic black carbon: A Goddard Institute for Space Studies ModelE experiment," Dorothy Koch and James Hansen, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Journal of Geophysical Research
p.1 "Black carbon (BC) particles, derived from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass, may have a severe impact on the sensitive Arctic climate, possibly altering the temperature profile, cloud temperature and amount, the seasonal cycle, and the tropopause level and accelerating polar ice melting. We use the Goddard Institute for Space Studies general circulation model to investigate the origins of Arctic BC by isolating various source regions and types. The model suggests that the predominant sources of Arctic soot today are from south Asia (industrial and biofuel emissions) and from biomass burning.
Most of the soot that affects the Arctic comes from Communist China and India. A separate study says warming over the US southwest is also due to particulate matter from Asia (not US light bulbs).