Skeptic scientist rips bed-wetting author of press article making false and alarmist claims about melting Arctic ice, rising sea levels, and other climate ‘catastrophes.’
Anglo-Dutch retired Chemical Analyst, with lifelong expertise in the effects carbon dioxide (CO2) has gotten so sick of gullible journalists eager to promote alarmist junk climate science that he been re-educating one such peddler of poop, Fred Grimm for his story ‘New studies and new catastrophes give climate change deniers a lot to deny’ (Miami Herald, August 10, 2017).
Schreuder wrote to Grimm after reading Grimm’s grim piece which featured the photo (above) of Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica traversing the Northwest Passage. The scientist’s email to Grimm went:
From your above-mentioned article, one gets the impression that you didn’t do enough research before putting pen to paper. Allow me to fill you in, so you may be better informed.
1. The official record: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/northwest-passage-msv-nordica-1.4227619
Records kept by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans show that the previous earliest passage of the season happened in 2008 when the Canadian Coast Guard ship Louis L. St-Laurent left St. John’s in Newfoundland on July 5 and arrived in the Beaufort Sea off Point Barrow, Alaska, on July 30.
2. The earlier record: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Passage
For centuries, European explorers sought a navigable passage as a possible trade route to Asia. An ice-bound northern route was discovered in 1850 by the Irish explorer Robert McClure; however, it was through a more southerly opening in an area explored by the Scotsman John Rae in 1854 that Norwegian Roald Amundsen made the first complete passage in 1903–1906. Until 2009, the Arctic pack ice prevented regular marine shipping throughout most of the year. Arctic sea ice decline has rendered the waterways more navigable for Ice navigation.
It, therefore, appears that the earliest complete NW Passage was achieved in 1906, just over a hundred years earlier than the official Canadian record.
Somehow, the official record of a 2008 passage did not make it into the Wiki records, which state that “until 2009 pack ice prevented regular shipping”, so maybe in 2008, it was just one single icebreaker that made it through and not along the main passage?
Next, let us look at how many options there are for making it through that NW Passage. From that same Wiki page, I copied this image for you:
There are quite a few routes to chose from and the route that was taken by your quoted Finnish icebreaker appears to have been the most southerly one, as it would not have been possible to use the wider and more navigable northern route, which is the only one that would support regular shipping.
As of yesterday, that more northerly route was still solidly frozen, as can be ascertained on a daily basis from this satellite derived Bremer University site:
Here is a copy of the specific area mentioned above [from 12 August 2017]:
From the above-detailed image of the various NW Passage routes, it is clear that only a carefully selected tortuous southerly route was an option for an icebreaker to get through.
As a reporter, you should be aware that many a vessel has been caught short in trying to navigate the NW Passage in the recent past.
In conclusion, I put it to you that your article was merely intended as a headline grabber and had little basis in fact. The trip that you reported on was just another one of those sensation-seeking trips to blame humans for their emissions, which you and others allege are “melting the Arctic”.
Please take the time to read two factual peer-reviewed papers about the true role of carbon dioxide in our precious atmosphere:
Maybe one or more of your scientific friends would be available to comment on those papers. Ask them for some factual evidence linking human produced carbon dioxide to climate change.
For the record, I am not a climate change “denier”. But I do deny that human activities via their carbon dioxide emissions are changing the climate because there is no scientifically verifiable process by which a gas can make the surface from where it acquired its energy any warmer than it already was – cooling may occur but never warming.
At worst, human activities will cause localized pollution, such as forest clearing fires in South America and Indonesia, but those effects remain local.
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