Global Warming: It is a hoax. It is bad science. It is high jacking public policy. It is the greatest scam in history.
John Coleman (Co-Founder of The Weather Channel)
It is easier to believe a lie one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
Laurence J. Peter
Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
I wrote earlier that this has been a bad year for global warming alarmists. Unfortunately for them it keeps getting worse. The alarmists have consistently and repeatedly pointed to the dire consequences of global warming for polar bears. Polar bears have, indeed, become the “test case” for the whole of the world. As goes their fate, so goes ours. Here are some examples of alarmist statements:
“The chief threat to the polar bear is the loss of its sea ice habitat due to global warming.” National Wildlife Federation
“The Hudson Bay population is down more than 20 percent.” National Wildlife Federation
“Shorter hunting seasons (for the bears) correlate directly with a 22% drop in the population of Western Hudson Bay near Churchill in Manitoba, Canada since the early 1980s.” Polar Bear International
“If the Arctic ice cap continues to melt sooner and form later, polar bears will become too thin to reproduce and they will become extinct by the end of this century.” Nature Canada
Like most people, I do not want polar bears to become extinct. These are the largest land predators. I would not want to meet up with one, but they are beautiful to watch on videos.
[From, Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers, by Paul Waldie] “The population of polar bears has long been a high-profile rallying point for doomsayers. Decrying a significant decrease in the bear population over the last few decades, environmentalists have called for specific public policies that directly protect the bear population and broad laws that curb greenhouse gas emissions.”
Of course, counting wild animals in a vast area is not easy and prior data were estimates, at best. [From Skeptical Science] First of all, a few points need to be made about polar bear numbers:
- Nobody really knows how many bears there were in the 1950s and 1960s. Estimates then were based on anecdotal evidence provided by hunters or explorers and not by scientific surveys.
- Polar bears are affected by several factors, including hunting, pollution and oil extraction. Most notably, hunting, particularly following the introduction of snowmobiles, airplanes and ice-breakers, led to a huge decline in certain subpopulations. The introduction of the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears in 1973, which restricted or even banned hunting in some circumstances, consequently resulted in an increase in polar bear numbers.
Returning to Mr. Waldie’s article, “However, recent studies of the Nunavut region on the western shore of the Hudson Bay — long recognized as a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic — suggest strongly that the population is not as in danger as the environmental lobby has suggested.
- In 2004, Environment Canada researchers concluded that the numbers in the region had dropped by 22 percent since 1984, to 935.
- They followed this assertion by estimating that by 2011, the population would face a dramatic decrease to about 610.
- Yet a recent Canadian government study, which involved 8,000 kilometers of aerial surveying last August along the coast and offshore islands, pegs the population at approximately 1,013.
Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management, points out that this estimation… means that the polar bear population is actually managing healthy growth despite the challenges posed by environmental changes and hunting… Gissing points out that there are about 25,000 polar bears across Canada’s Arctic, and that this is likely the highest point the population has ever reached.”
Clearly, this observation is not the definitive death knell to global warming hysteria. It does not even add data on whether the arctic is warming or not. What it does show is that, if the arctic is warming, then the predictions about what what means for living things on planet Earth are incorrect. The polar bears, at least, seem to like it.