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Media jumps on Arctic iceberg to blast ‘climate deniers’

A giant iceberg in the Antarctica, with a surface area of 5 800 km2, freed itself on 10 – 12 July 2017. As the iceberg completely separated from the Larsen C Ice Shelf, some Trump critics were quick to blame "climate deniers".

Published: July 19, 2017, 8:26 am

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    According to the New York Times, this news confirms the prediction of the US researcher John H. Mercer, published in Nature in 1978: the North Pole, an ice sheet, is going to disappear because the climate is getting warmer. Ice shelves are vast expanses of ice floating on the sea, several hundred metres thick, at the edge of glaciers.

    The New York Times forgot to mention that this event was nothing extraordinary. In 1956 an iceberg six times the size of the recent one was observed breaking off from the Antarctica, and in 1927 another iceberg four times the volume broke from the ice shelf.

    A number of media outlets raised the alarm about “climate deniers” after President Trump withdrew his country from the Paris Climate Agreement, but similar observations about ice shelves were also made in 1995 and 2002.

    Dan McGrath, a glaciologist at Colorado State University, said it was a natural phenomenon. “So it’s a very natural part of the process that we’re witnessing here.” McGrath spent several seasons on the Antarctic Peninsula, specifically on Larsen C in 2011.

    “It by itself… this potential calving event is not directly tied to climate change,” McGrath said. “It’s not directly tied to warming atmospheric temperatures in the atmosphere of the peninsula.”

    As there is no data available for the previous centuries, it is easy to claim that “man-made global warming” is to blame. The NYT had lambasted President Trump after he withdrew from the Paris Agreement.

    Trump is strongly opposed to the financial system of a coal bourse. His decision therefore is not focused on the environment, but on the financial system being set up in the name of “climate change”. David Blood, a former director of the investment bank Goldman Sachs, and Al Gore, former US Vice-President, set up the Carbon Exchange.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed critics of President Donald Trump’s climate policies as hypocrites this month. Pruitt mentioned German chancellor Angela Merkel by name. If reducing carbon dioxide emissions “is so important to you, Madam Chancellor, why are you getting rid of nuclear? Because last time I checked, it’s pretty clean on CO2,” he said. Merkel is one of the most vocal public defenders of the Paris climate change agreement.

    The US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, is in actual fact the US withdrawal from the Carbon Exchange that would enrich its inventors as a money making racket. The bourse created by Blood and Gore had its statutes drafted by none other than Barack Obama, before he became president.

    Pruitt believes the EPA should stick to its core functions, including reducing air pollution, cleaning up toxic waste sites, regulating chemicals and improving water quality.

    He has called for a public televised debate about climate science and rejected being called a “climate denier” by critics. “What does it even mean? That’s what I think about it. I deny the climate? Really? Wow, OK. That’s crazy, in my view,” he said.

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