No matter what happens, the alarmists blame man for changing the climate. In their minds, there are no other explanations. In reality, there can be many, with melting in Antarctica as one example.
Indeed, a massive glacier in East Antarctica that holds vast amounts of water is melting. Should it thaw completely, the water it releases could contribute to a rise in sea levels. The question, of course, is why is the Totten Glacier [pictured], which is about 75 miles long and roughly 20 miles wide, melting?
And while we ponder that, let’s not forget that a complete meltdown of Totten would likely take centuries, not months or even years. New York and Los Angeles won’t be underwater by the end of the summer.
Research published online Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience concludes that Totten’s retreat might be caused by a valley or trough of warm water flowing beneath the glacier, melting it from the bottom up.
“Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences,” says a March 16 news release from the school, “have discovered two seafloor gateways that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica’s largest and most rapidly thinning glacier.”
Media reports scrupulously avoid saying this is man’s fault, though it’s clear they desperately want to say it is. The alarmist community can’t let the narrative fade. But any honest reading of the school’s summary will lead the reader to strongly infer that the warm water is an entirely natural event not caused by man.
Which is not to say the scary scenarios aren’t there. “The ice flowing through Totten Glacier alone,” the report says, “is sufficient to raise global sea level by at least 11 feet, equivalent to the contribution of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet if it were to completely collapse.”
Meanwhile, a Washington Post handwringer says that the Australian government’s Antarctic Division believes the glacier is losing an amount of ice “equivalent to 100 times the volume of Sydney Harbor every year.”
But again, is this the fault of humans? The researchers can’t say that, but one tried to place guilt by innuendo. He told the media, “The last IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report said that if this kind of thing happens, it’s going to add several tens of centimeters of sea level rise to their estimate of one meter.”
He didn’t distinguish, however, the sizable difference between an IPCC prediction that says man will cause sea levels to rise and a rise of entirely natural causes. The thought he wanted to plant in the public’s mind is that everything is happening the way the IPCC said.
We get the same from a report co-authored by Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. “This is another example of how human-induced climate change could be triggering major changes with knock-on impacts that will be felt globally,” he said.
“Could be” also means “might not be.” Which means that scientists don’t know. Yet quite a few of them and the entire political left want to spend hundreds of billions that would choke Western economies, and authorize governments to regiment ostensibly free societies, because of some “could be” notion.
To rational thinkers, this doesn’t make sense. But to true believers in the global warming faith, to researchers who are deeply invested in the narrative and to anti-capitalists who want to use global warming as justification for forcing everyone into statist systems, it does.
But sincerity in their beliefs can’t turn guesswork into fact. It only muddles the debate and confuses the issue. It’s not too hard to believe that’s their goal.