Friday, September 21st 2012, 3:38 AM EDT
Environment: For many across the U.S., it was a cruel, cruel summer. Al Gore said listening to the news was like "taking a nature hike through the book of Revelation." But how does he explain record sea ice in the Antarctic?
The summer of 2012 was a scorcher for many across the country. Naturally the global warming alarmists couldn't contain themselves.
James Hansen, whose politicized ravings are primarily responsible for the climate change scare, wrote in August that the summer was "the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet."
Gore lamented the "dirty weather" created by "dirty energy" and declared on his web site that "a lot of people are saying out loud, 'I'm too hot!'"
In case anyone wondered just how people felt.
Richard Muller, a physics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, fed the hysteria machine when he supposedly converted this summer from a skeptic to a believer, though there is reasonable doubt he was ever a true skeptic.
Lost in all the feverish I-told-you-sos was the fact that on one single day in the last week of June, 46 U.S. cities set or tied record lows.
No, they were not all in Alaska. Some were in the Deep South, where even mild summers can be blistering hot.
Now we find ourselves at the end of the broiling summer and what do we learn?
That, according to James Taylor writing in Forbes, "Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (Sept. 12 of this leap year)."
Taylor also reports that "Antarctic sea ice has been growing since satellites first began measuring the ice 33 years ago and the sea ice has been above the 33-year average throughout 2012." He also informs readers that ice on the continent itself is growing, too.
Meanwhile, at the other pole, Arctic sea ice, which the media call a "critical climate indicator," is at its lowest point in the last 11 years. But earlier in 2012, it was higher than in eight of the years since 2002.
Was it also a "critical climate indicator" then?
Is Antarctic sea ice a "critical climate indicator" now?
The real crisis is not the heating of the global climate but a fear campaign coming unglued. The alarmists' bible has turned out to be full of false prophets.