Algore, inventor of the Internet, the man who brought ManBearPig* (MBP) to the attention of the world, and winner of the Nobel (liberal) Political Prize, spoke today at the Bali Summit on Global Warming and declared boldly, that the world should blame everything on the United States. "My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali. We all know that," he said. Some reports state he ended his speech by telling the delegates from 190 countries, "I'm cereal about this!" but these reports have yet to be confirmed.
Unfortunately, Mr. Algore left out some "Inconvenient Truths" from NASA in his speech today. The NASA Earth Observatory released new data and images showing RECORD ICE GROWTH in the Arctic circle.
The disappointing part of the NASA article and pictures is that NASA put a political spin on their images. If you look at the picture to the right, you will see two images of the Arctic. The first shows more ice than the second. I glanced at this image and at first thought that this image showed the ice caps receding. After all, there is more ice in the first picture than there is in the second picture.
HOWEVER, this is not the case. The top picture is the CURRENT conditions while the bottom picture is of the conditions from several months ago. In other words, NASA posted the pictures in the exact opposite order of what people would expect. Usually we see the "before" picture first, then the after picture- not the other way around.
The Good News is that the ICE PACK has grown even more since the NASA images.
Images from the Arctic Climate Research website of the University of Illinois shows the Arctic Ice Pack has virtually returned to normal. (left picture)
Maybe this means that the NASA report from 2001 about the causes of Arctic Ice Melt is correct. The report, dated October 1, 2001 and posted on the Goddard Space Flight Center web site as a "Top Story," stated "largely natural "ups and downs" in a weather system centered near Iceland have contributed to regional variations and an overall decrease in Arctic sea ice cover..."
The report states that a "semi-permanent" low pressure system over Iceland causes much of the variation from year to year of Arctic Sea Ice.
*ManBearPig- originally from South Park Episode 145. In South Park, Al Gore runs around warning people about ManBearPig. ManBearPig is a spoof of Mass Balance Potential (MBP). MBP is a term used in "Global Warming" research when describing glacier melting.