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More Climate Confusion From PowerLine – Part II

June 3, 2012

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Steven Hayward was misleading his readers regarding Arctic Sea Ice. Well, he’s at it again – giving the impression to his impressionable readers that the Arctic isn’t melting.

Can I give a Power Line Green Weenie Award in reverse?  This news item is just too perfect:

Headline: Heavy ice could delay start of Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling



SEATTLE – The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said. . .

“We’re seeing multiyear ice that they’ve not seen in such large quantities in over a decade, and it could impact our ability to start the well,” Slaiby said. Of particular concern, he said, is the region of the Chukchi Sea around the company’s Berger Prospect – potentially the crown jewel of the company’s offshore oil inventory – which in normal years would be accessible by mid-July. This year, it may be unreachable until late July or early August.

He knows that most Power Line readers won’t read the entire article – like this excerpt:

The summer ice melt in the Arctic has often reached record levels in recent years in what many scientists believe is a sign of climate change. But this year a high pressure zone over the coast of Alaska, low winter temperatures and certain ocean currents have combined to bring unusually large amounts of ice not only to Alaska’s northern coast, but farther south in the Bering Sea as well, National Weather Service officials said.

They also won’t bother to look at the actual evidence, like the latest PIOMAS data on Arctic Sea Ice volume.
They will simply accept another deceiving Power Line post as yet more proof that Climate Change is not happening.

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