The ice is melting, the ice is melting!!

Washington Post alarmist editors (old press saying: bad news is good news) want to frighten us with a report from a NASA government bureaucrat about “collapse of ice formations” in Antarctica waters. And it’s even worse than they imagined—a geophysical research letter expressed suspicion that melting ice “has accelerated” over the past twenty years.

Gadzooks, will we all die? Someday, yes, but not because of carbon dioxide or melting ice. Ice is always melting and water is always freezing at the Earth’s poles. That’s why we don’t live there—these are hostile, frigid, miserable places for most humans, plants and animals. In fact, they are more like other planets, having little influence on the habitable places where we can live.

Yet, the learned Washington editors (well schooled in politics, but not in natural science) without question tell their readers that temporary ice loss in a part of the Antarctic continent (Yes, Virginia, there is a continent of ice down under) “could mean trouble elsewhere.”

(Note: environmental activists and their dupes frequently use deceptive words. For example, the auxiliary verbs in past tense: could and might. These words indicate a condition or state contrary to fact, or a possibility or probability, rather than an actual happening.)

Of course, this presumptive scare bugs the eyes of visionaries who see “bad news for sea levels, which could rise on the high end of scientists’ estimates over the coming decades” (my italics). But even the Post editors can’t go that far—it’s too embarrassing. Attributing Antarctic ice loss, they say, “to climate change (they mean manmade) is still a difficult business.” You betchum; mission impossible.

Still, editors suggest political prudence. We can’t risk failure when predicting bad things in our future. It should “animate public policy on carbon dioxide emissions,” they counsel. Of course, why didn’t we think of this? Let’s damage our economy in hopes of preventing the unpreventable, and the unknowable–makes sense to statists.

These people would have supported witch-hunters in colonial Salem: identifying witches, assuming they cause evil things to happen, and drowning them to eliminate some presumed problem.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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