Tony Heller at Real Climate Science has a great post about the nearly century old tradition of declaring that the Arctic will be ice-free by some arbitrary point in time after today. He’s got a pile of news clippings declaring the arctic will be ice free by 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, along with “ice-free arctic warming warnings” from 1923, 1958, and 1972, all predicting the Arctic Ocean will be free of ice and if we don’t let the government regulate the crap out of us and spend all our money, right now, we’re all doomed. Doomed I tell you.
“Experts.” All wrong, over and over. And over. And…so on.
Centuries of inter-glacial warming have not yet melted the arctic with no sign that will happen any time soon. But scaremongering is a global, multi-billion-dollar industry, with taxpayer dollars being funneled to experts expected to justify dramatic and expensive power grabs by governments based on their analysis.
Nice work if you can get it, I suppose. And it’s always nice when the government is willing to charge people with crimes for daring to disagree with your lies. The correct term for that arrangement is either climate syndicate or climate despotism, whichever floats your boat into downtown Manhattan from the sea level rise they predicted that didn’t happen either.
For some more background, check out this story and another act of Arctic Ice fraud.
Then check out the link from paragraph one. The clippings and exhortations of immediate doom, year after year after year, might give you a chuckle.