EXACTLY FIVE YEARS ago today the Houston Chronicle warned that "scientists are now predicting" that the arctic could be free of ice "within four or five years" on account of anthropogenic global warming.
Unca D took the bait.
To check the Chronicle and its hysterical scientists, I just posted ticklers to my calendar for September 2, 2012 and 2013. Lord willing, I'll see then to see how the sea ice is faring. If I were a wagering man and could find a solvent counterparty at the Chronicle, I'd put big money on, "Just fine, thank you very much."
Heard anything about the disappeared Arctic sea ice sheet? Nor have I. Nor has the National Snow & Ice Data Center, which reports that the seasonal August ice retreat was "near average" and, while we're at it, that Antartic sea ice "is near a record maximum extent."
Score one for reality and common sense, zero for febrile faith statements by radical environmentalists.
The left's argument, as I've written elsewhere, goes something like this: It's hot. That's our fault. So give us your money and do as we say.
The third part is the key. When global warming hysteria fades, as inevitably it will, another hysteria will take its place. Because the point, you see, is to say whatever is necessary to support the left's claim to power.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Though the Chronicle is considerably less hysterical than it once was, its role as retailer of left propaganda is unchanged. The saddest part is that the editors believe the nonsense they purvey, not as a scientist might understand facts but as a pagan priest might believe his own incantations.
I'm in a faraway land, unable to write more. I recommend you go back and read my original five-year-ago righteous takedown of the original editorial.