Mark Steyn: Global warming's glorious ship of fools

Update:

White House Proclaims Extreme Cold Snap Caused by Global Warming

How much longer must we put up with this fraud?

THE UNENDING, INESCAPABLE HORROR OF A WARMER PLANET

It’s happening, people:

The effects of climate change could hinder sea snails’ extraordinary ability to leap away from predators on one foot, Queensland researchers have found.

Add this to the list.  (Tim Blair)

Do you feel helpless?

DOUNIAMAG-AUSTRALIA-ANTARCTICA-RUSSIA-RESCUEHas there ever been a better story? It’s like a version of Titanic where first class cheers for the iceberg

Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.

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But still: you’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.

But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we’ll never know — although I’ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ‘I am going out. I may be some time’ line about eight bars into that New Year number.

Worming must be real:

Frozen in time: Michigan lighthouses transformed into stunning giant icicles after being frozen solid by storm

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Daily Mail

These frozen lighthouses in Michigan could easily be mistaken for a scene from the disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.

Standing in temperatures well below freezing, the 30ft structures have been transformed into giant icicles.

These stunning photographs were captured by American photographer Thomas Zakowski, 56, on a trip to two cities in Michigan after a storm battered the state.

Entombed by the weather: This lighthouse in Michigan resembles a giant icicle after crashing waves were frozen around it by a severe winter storm

Entombed by the weather: This lighthouse in Michigan resembles a giant icicle after crashing waves were frozen around it by a severe winter storm

Picturesque: This lighthouse was captured in the city of St Joseph. The structures can remain frozen for over a month during particularly severe wintersPicturesque: This lighthouse was captured in the city of St Joseph. The structures can remain frozen for over a month during particularly severe winters

Mr Zakowski, from South Bend, Indiana, said: ‘The lighthouses were frozen solid by the waves that came crashing down against the pier.

‘What made the photograph of one of them so interesting was the fact that the storm was so intense it uplifted the anchors of the scaffolding which had been left there after painting.

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‘It looks like a stairway in many ways and added a quality to the scene you will never see again.’

Every year, Thomas makes the trip to St Joseph and South Haven, both cities in Michigan, after a big storm to capture the resulting scenes.

A lighthouse stands frozen still after a big storm in St Joseph, Michigan
This frozen lighthouse in Michigan could easily be mistaken for a still from the snow swept disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow
 Locked in time: The two lighthouses in the Michigan cities of St Joseph (left) and South Haven (right) were captured by American photographer Thomas Zakowski

'An event I look forward to very much': Every year, Mr Zakowski makes the trip to St Joseph and South Haven after a big storm to capture the resulting scenes‘An event I look forward to very much’: Every year, Mr Zakowski makes the trip to St Joseph and South Haven after a big storm to capture the resulting scenes

He said: ‘Depending on the year, the lighthouses can remain freezing for over a month, but it all depends on the weather.

‘Every year it’s different, but it’s an event I look forward to very much. To get there was a little tricky, as first you have to make your way out on the pier.

‘It’s like walking on an ice skating rink and at one point I have to duck walk past the first building in order to safely get to what I call the prize.

‘Even though my photographs attract a lot of positive attention, that’s not the main reason why I do it. I simply make the trek out there because the particular area fascinates me.’

Nature's beauty: The lighthouses and their piers were frozen solid by the waves that came crashing down and then frozeNature’s beauty: The lighthouses and their piers were frozen solid by the waves that came crashing down and then froze

More than half of the continental U.S. is in the grip of a ‘polar vortex’ that has sent temperatures plunging to their coldest level in nearly 20 years.

As many as 140 million Americans are bracing themselves for dangerously cold start to the week, with some cities expecting temperatures of between -30C to -50C.

For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind another winter storm, creating more than a foot of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534548/Michigan-lighthouse-transformed-giant-icicle-freezing-storm.html#ixzz2pvh1h7TU
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