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A triumph for man, a disaster for mankind

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Headline in Saturday’s newspaper.

Just a little propaganda from The Independent heralding the end of the world as man made global warming destroys the Arctic and mankind – or not, as the case might be.

It has been one of the elusive goals of seafaring nations almost since the beginnings of waterborne trade, but for nearly 500 years the idea has been dismissed as an impossible dream. Now, as a result of global warming, the dream is about to come true.

The North East passage has miraculously opened up for commercial shipping according to The Independent, because of global warming, yet according to Wikipedia the Russians have been sailing ships along the route since the 17th. Century! Between them EU Referendum and An Englishman’s Castle completely debunk this nonsense propagated by a national newspaper who cannot even be bothered to check the facts!

A few weeks ago at South Shields Town Hall I was speaking to some veterans of the Russian convoys during WWll who regularly sailed to Archangel and Murmansk all year round with the help of ice breakers, how was the sea warm enough to allow that then? The Independent states:

Russian maritime officials are now hoping that the feat will result in an “Arctic Rush” with the northern sea route becoming a viable summer competitor to the Suez and Panama canals. They have offered to cut ice-breaker fees in the North-east Passage to encourage major shipping companies to start using it.

Oh so they still need ice breakers then, just that the fees for their use might be reduced!

Is it any wonder that there are so many people who are sceptical about the claims made on behalf of the man made climate change camp?

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Written by curly

September 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

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  1. So you remain in denial about the existence of anthropogenic climate change for which there is overwhelming scientific evidence. Yet you believe in an invisible sky God for which there is zero evidence. Very rational!

    Bryan

    September 14, 2009 at 10:49 am

    • Not denial Bryan, just healthy scepticism about some of the methods used to forward the case for the prosecution, so to speak.
      Now, then, about that north-east passage, has it been an impossible dream for nearly 500 years or not? The evidence suggests that the route has been in somewhat regular use for quite some 300 or more years.

      curly

      September 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm

  2. Curly, you’re right to call shenanigans on the article, it looks like a press release on behalf of some sea transport industry association. However, in itself it isn’t evidence against climate change, just an example of shoddy cut’n’paste journalism.

    Scepticism is indeed healthy, but only when rationally justified with evidence (or a clear lack of it). Anthropogenic climate change doesn’t meet such criteria for the ‘scepticism’ you claim. No coherent scientific evidence has been produced to support an alternative theory, and none to challenge the massive amount collected by the IPCC. If any new science does come along to blow climate change out of the water I’d be well chuffed.

    Scepticism, when used as a tool of emotive debate or downright dishonesty to fight an ideological cause, can be dangerous, even deadly. The scepticism over MMR, whilst initiated by research and then debunked, has contributed to reducing vaccinations and a corresponding drop in population immunity. The unjustified and dishonest doubt raised over the protection offered by condom use by the Pope will no doubt contribute to continuing ignorance and to many deaths through HIV/AIDS infection.

    Climate change ‘scepticism’ (or more appropriately denial) is closer to the latter.

    rossinisbird

    September 14, 2009 at 11:46 pm


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