Manmade Global Warming Myths Falling Like Polar Bears from the Sky

Leave it to lefties to take one of three naturally maneating species on earth and expect us to shed a tear over its potential extinction due to manmade global warming.  Of course, while it has been exposed before that polar bears aren’t “drowning,” because they actually can swim up to sixty miles, the whole thing may have been a sham anyway.  From FirstThings blog (sigh):

In an age in which emotional narratives often trump facts, the polar bear became the icon of global warming hysteria. After a report about four drowned polar bears seen far out at sea,  they were put on the USA threatened list–even though there has been no demonstrated diminution in population.  Al Gore put the polar bears in his propaganda movie, and even though he, infamously, could only sputter in response to a question by journalist Phelim McAleer that involved the polar bear issue–children are still being warned to cut their carbon or the polar bears will drown.

But now, the original study that warned is apparently under a cloud.  From the AP:

A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article. Charles Monnett, an Anchorage-based scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, was told July 18 that he was being put on leave, pending results of an investigation into “integrity issues.” But he has not yet been informed by the inspector general’s office of specific charges or questions related to the scientific integrity of his work, said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

If true, is it any wonder that the credibility of the entire global warming sector is eroding like a sand castle in a rising tide? [Continued]

No, it’s only a wonder why it has taken so long. The whole cockamamie theory was absurd from the get-go.  But I would be remiss not to point out the over-the-top fear-mongering of the left, which is a substitute for facts and reason nowadays.  You know, cause us bear food doesn’t really know how to reason.

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4 thoughts on “Manmade Global Warming Myths Falling Like Polar Bears from the Sky

    1. It is actually a commercial I have seen before. The commercial is stupid.

      As for the polar bear study, yea, Charlie Monnett is in a lot of hot water over that. WUWT, tAV, JoanneNova and others have been running the transcripts of the interview with him. You would think that any study you do – you would cover all the bases! Not old Charlie. He comes off sounding like a blithering idiot. He does not even understand the simple math he used to prove that they were going extinct! But I love it that he used a single point to draw a line. Not very bright at all.

  1. Hrmmm . . . perhaps an update? If you like the bizarre features of the situation, perhaps you’ll find what Michael Bromwich, the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, has to say simply par for the course:

    Dear Colleagues,

    I wanted to send you a brief note of explanation and support. I regret very much the negative publicity over the past 24 hours that has resulted from one of your colleagues being placed on administrative leave in connection with an investigation by the Office of Inspector General.

    We are limited in what we can say about a pending investigation, but I can assure you that the decision had nothing to do with his scientific work, or anything relating to a five-year old journal article, as advocacy groups and the news media have incorrectly speculated. Nor is this a “witch hunt” to suppress the work of our many scientists and discourage them from speaking the truth. Quite the contrary. In this case, it was the result of new information on a separate subject brought to our attention very recently.

    (emphasis mine)

    I’m not going to defend Monnett’s math, though you should probably keep in mind that no one–of perhaps thousands of readers, scientists and otherwise–had a problem with it in publication. The interviewers are atrocious. Either they don’t listen or they’re trying to get Monnett to become confused. They spend two hours asking him about four dead polar bears, yet according to their boss, Monnett’s science is not being investigated. Eh? Well, I mean, how could it be? After all the interviewers are in no way scientists. For them to be interviewing him about science would be . . . well, ‘ineffective’ is one word to describe it.

    And the report is years old. Why do investigators not investigating science investigate science that’s over five years old? And it’s four bloody dead polar bears. What’s the significance? It’s not a proxy for sea ice extent. We measure that by satellite. It’s not a key-link-in-the-food-chain kind of thing; polar bears are top predators. So why the investigation-that’s-not-an-investigation, and why is the anti-AGW crowd suddenly going bonkers over this strange but meaningless situation? And who filed the original complaint, and why won’t anyone tell Monnett why he’s (not) being investigated? Ignoring the macroprocesses for nitpicking with microprocesses. Hrmmm . . . someone made that complaint against me recently.

    This wouldn’t have anything to do with the unfortunate Al Gore using the study in his book (not film), would it? Monnett’s a run-of-the-mill scientist otherwise. Monckton did predict that someone would be coming after climate scientists to lock them up in jail, didn’t he?

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