Misleading the public

Global warming, climate change, Climate disruption the pot of gold at the end of a research grant, to keep the money flowing you need to prove it’s happening, even when it isn’t. So you need good headlines and scare stories to keep the public interested and the funding keep coming in. It does help too that the government see it as a cash cow for extra taxation and very much want to keep it in the publics eye too.

British crew become first to row to magnetic North Pole
The six-man crew’s 450-mile journey was only possible because of an increase in ice melting over recent years.

A six-man British crew celebrated Friday after becoming the first to row to the magnetic North Pole.
The crew completed the 450-mile journey from northern Canada in just under four weeks.
Crew leader Jock Wishart undertook the expedition to highlight climate change in the Arctic region. Such a journey has only become possible in recent years due to an increase in the amount of ice melting in the summer.
The crew encountered polar bears and collided with icebergs as they voyaged through the Arctic waters of northern Canada.
They reached the 1996 magnetic North Pole at 0030 GMT Friday.

Thing is, a lot of people won’t know that the magnetic pole is not the actual North Pole and that the site of the 1996 location is nowhere near the actual North Pole. The North Magnetic Pole which at this moment in time is somewhere off the coast of Canada is heading towards Russia due to the movement of the Earths magnetic Field and there are no handy graphics to show you how far from true north they were either, but it’s approximately 800 miles South of true North.
There’s also the slight problem that polar melt isn’t being actually caused by the Earth warming, but more likely down to thermal ocean current changes, but why let a few factoids get in the way of the narrative.
The story stars to come apart a little when this nugget emerges.
The group set out from Resolute Bay on July 29 in their specially designed boat-cum-sledge the Old Pulteney, which has runners on its underside so that it can be hauled over the ice.
On the final 50 mile leg, the crew rowed most of the way but then had to haul their 1.3-tonne boat over nearly two miles of ice rubble in a nine-hour slog.

Yep, that’s right, they didn’t row all the way at all. Didn’t approach the actual North Pole and didn’t actually reach the current magnetic North Pole either.

Yet there are people out there who will be screeching from the rooftops that we’re all going to drown unless we all go back to a medieval lifestyle (except for the environmentalists and politicians winging their way around the globe to combat climate change) These are the people keeping it quiet that it won’t matter a damn if the North Pole ice melts as ice on the ocean is already floating, so if it melts it has no effect on sea level. Not that there’s a great deal of evidence of any great meltdown either, we appear to be in a very inconvenient cold cycle which may (or may not) lead to another mini ice age as we had in the 1600 to 1800’s.

But why let an inconvenient truth get in the way of the climate change dogma, after all it’s not like anyone is checking their lies is it?

14 comments for “Misleading the public

  1. August 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I missed the bit about them dragging the boat over two miles of ice, probably because I was too busy farting sparks over the whole pole/magnetic pole/arbitrary co-ordinates of where the magnetic pole was nearly 15 years ago business. Oh, and also the way The Teletubbygraph have disabled comments on that page so nobody can call bullshit in the same place as the article itself.

    • August 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Please don’t fart, it causes global warming.

      • August 28, 2011 at 6:45 am

        Only when large bovines do it. What are you insinuating…? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    “more likely down to thermal ocean current changes”

    It is – and as the Antarctic ice sits on rock, it isn’t exposed to ocean currents. Something else so obvious they forget to mention it.

    Good post.

  3. John
    August 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I normally enjoy your blog, but to slag these people off because they hit ice on the final two miles does sound a bit like splitting hairs to me.

    I don’t doubt this was a bit of green attention-whoring for the reasons you say, but are you not just even a teensy bit concerned that the summer ice pack has clearly degenerated to the extent that it has?

    • August 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      A lie is a lie, frankly. They very clearly didn’t row to the magnetic pole. Pointing out blatant propaganda for what it is, is hardly splitting hairs.

      And, no I’m not worried about the changes. Change happens. Always has, always will.

      • nemesis
        August 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

        Earths climate has been in flux for about four and a half billion years.
        Although the Arctic ice extent has decreased in recent years it was at the same temperature in 1938 as it is now:

        • August 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

          Indeed. You have to merely ask yourself why the North West and North East passages were so named and when ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • LJH
        August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

        There’s a lovely picture somewhere in the archives of a US submarine at the actual geographic not magnetic North Pole. It was taken in the fifties.

    • August 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      The summer pack ice hasn’t degenerated due to global warming despite the claims of the environmentalists.
      I suggest you read this

      Then consider the fact that the “rowers” were 800 miles south of the true North Pole.

    • August 28, 2011 at 6:46 am

      It’s hardly ‘slagging them off’ to point out the bad PR they have had put out in their name, is it? Fair do’s to them, I wouldn’t want to do what they did!

  4. August 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Have blogged.

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