Oh joy of joys. In what is becoming something of an annual treat, global warming nutters travelling to the poles to show a lack of ice are being trapped by...ice. And I am delighted that the latest ship of fools set sail from my home City of Bristol which prides itself on being the "Green Capital" of Britain. So there maybe a few red faces in green City today. Let's hope no-one suggests using lots of fossil fuels sending in a rescue plane? Maybe they could borrow St Bono's private jet?
The Polar Ocean Challenge was on a two month trip starting here in the Green Capital heading to Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then finally back to Bristol.
The stated goal of the eco-loons was to show “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.”
Sadly the boat is now trapped in Muirmansk Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage. This was the ice that the eco-loons said did not exist because of global warming. Perhaps that is because current Arctic temperatures are actually below normal. Oh dear, that would be another inconvenient truth then.
It is not as if these global warming nutters are the first to face this problem. In 2013, the Antarctic research ship Akademik Shokalskiy became so trapped by ice that the 52 crew members had to be rescued by plane. Two years later the Canadian ice breaking ship, the CCGS Amundsen, was forced to reroute and help a number of supply ships that had become trapped by ice.
So the computer models were all wrong, Michael Mann fudged his data and the real data shows the arctic getting colder. But after two very hot days in one small group of islands offshore Europe yesterday the BBC was reporting about the global warming crisis all over again. Oddly it has failed to get its pals from Bristol to phone in with their comments. Indeed it appears not to be covering the story at all, I cannot think why.
As ever over to the excellent Right Brothers...