Chicken Little and the Greenland Ice Sheet

By now, anyone watching the news has seen this scary satellite photo (below) of Greenland and the disappearing ice sheet. The photo was released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and described by that agency as an "unprecedented" melt.

Popular (and uniformed) thought is that this is part of the growing evidence that mankind is causing global warming.


It's part of a cycle that happens every 150 or so years, according to scientists who know what they're talking about instead of the human-made global warming propaganda put out by NASA.

Here's the real story:

NASA’s claim that Greenland is experiencing “unprecedented” melting is nothing but a bunch of hot air, according to scientists who say the country's ice sheets melt with some regularity.

A heat dome over the icy country melted a whopping 97 percent of Greenland’s ice sheet in mid-July, NASA said, calling it yet more evidence of the effect man is having on the planet.

But the unusual-seeming event had nothing to do with hot air, according to glaciologists. It was actually to be expected.

"Ice cores from Summit station [Greenland’s coldest and highest] show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," said Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.

When you follow the link to the story you will notice that the reporting on this story was done by Fox News, which will send some of you into cardiac dysrhythmia. It can't be true if FoxNews reported it. If you believe it, then you don't believe that scientists who are quoted. But don't let that stand in your way.

Okay, but the beloved New York Times came the same conclusion in an opinion piece, accusing NASA of blowing it.

One thing about that now-famous Greenland image: When I first saw it broadcast, my first impression was, "Wow, how could all that ice have melted in just a few days?!"  Lots of other folks may have thought the same after hearing a NPR report that said:

In July, the surface of Greenland's ice sheet melted at an unusually fast rate. In the span of four days, an estimated 97 percent of the ice disappeared. Audie Cornish talks to NASA scientist Tom Wagner for more. (My emphasis)

No, 97 percent if the miles-thick ice sheet didn't disappear in the span of four days. This is typical of the shoddy reporting on global warming. In fact, the images show areas that are melting ("they" can't say by how much), but not areas where the ice has disappeared. But we are left to assume otherwise. That virtually overnight Greenland was turning into green land. By the way, how did it ever get the name Greenland in the first place. Is it possible that the Europeans who discovered it found it to be green?

Here is the critical quote that some news reports left out:

“Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.

No, I'm not saying that this disproves the global warming theories. But it is another piece of evidence that needs further examination and understanding before we jump off the cliff by suggesting that is more that catastrophic human-cause global warming is certain.


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