We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Zachriel ...Was there a point to my question you ask? Why yes. You know, I assume, that sea ice forms regularly every season, and melts or shifts, while pack ice is a much more permanent condition. Some self-styled "experts" on anthropogenic global warming have trouble discriminating the difference. They get panicky if they see that the sea ice is melting fairly quickly, not realizing that this is an annual phenomenon and does not indicate that the global climate is warming [or cooling] faster than is usual.
I have little faith in the computer models that indicate rapid and catastrophic warming, especially since the original computer models that predicted that we were going to roast to death carelessly omitted both the Medieval Warming Period and the Little Ice Age. Every time some earnest "environmentalist" comes up onto our porch and tells me that she [or he] is going to teach me about the environment I get a little testy, just as I do when they tell me the polar bears are dying. Which they aren't, at least not at a higher rate than is normal. My husband is by way of being a polar bear scholar, and has observed, photographed and written about them for many years, and those populations that are being observed by scientists around the globe have been increasing, not decreasing. These bears don't exist in clans, like wolves. They are solitary animals, so they are somewhat hard to keep track of. Some scientists have tagged them, and have observed that a mother with two cubs can swim five hundred miles before making landfall, so I wish these earnest and ill-informed folks would study a little before they make extravagantly false claims.
Marianne Matthews: Some self-styled "experts" on anthropogenic global warming have trouble discriminating the difference. They get panicky if they see that the sea ice is melting fairly quickly, not realizing that this is an annual phenomenon and does not indicate that the global climate is warming [or cooling] faster than is usual.
Not sure about "self-styled 'experts' ", but actual experts are quite aware of annual cycles.
I can only be grateful that the fossil energy industry was able, due to the Busybody Brigade being distracted from their ambitions to nationalize the fossil fuel industry, long enough for the energy industry to perfect the use of hydraulic fracturing, thus allowing Americans to exploit their very own natural gas and oil without eventually having to turn to the peevish Middle East for petroleum.
This is a body blow to Obama and his minions because it means he can't nationalize the oil companies as he has the health industry, and he may even have to stop bowing and groveling to the Middle Eastern oil potentates. As the Wall Street Journal reported in a special section about a year ago, we have in this hemisphere enough oil and gas to take care of our needs for some time, [think hundreds of years] and the industry has had forty years to perfect its extraction techniques before 'the enemy' noticed. Ken Salazar is turning and twisting to try to get a grip on the oil companies so he can slow production down, but we keep finding new shale areas such as Eagles Ford here in Texas which offer us new opportunities, and Canada is already producing from their areas of the Marcellus and Bakken shales. In fact, that's what Canada wanted to send down here by the Keystone pipeline to be processed. Salazar delayed it as long as he could by excessive investigation of the production techniques, but our energy companies so far have prevailed.