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No, Alaska is not melting
By Alan Caruba
As heat makes life on the East Coast insufferable, the latest Big Lie is that "Alaska, No Longer So Frigid, Starts to Crack, Burn and Sag." This article by veteran Northwest correspondent Timothy Egan got a lot of attention because, unfortunately, anything that is published by The New York Times gets lots of attention. When it comes to science, however, the Times is not merely inaccurate, it has engaged in a pattern of deception that goes back over a decade.
Suffice it to say that the Alaska Climate Research Center immediately rebutted the claim. Gerd Wendler of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute wrote "In the last twenty years very little warming, for some stations even a slight cooling, has been observed." What warming had occurred in Alaska mostly occurred in the 1970s. Ironically, during the 1970's, environmentalists were writing books and articles claiming that a new Ice Age was coming.
The New York Times has lied about "global warming" for a long time. From 1991 to 1996, William K. Stevens, a so-called "science reporter", published 125 articles all testifying to the horrors of a global warming that was not happening. When several thousand scientists joined together to sign a petition debunking this greatest hoax of our times, the Times went to some lengths to ridicule them.
On August 19, 2000, The New York Times reported that the North Pole was melting, noting that this was "evidence that global warming may be real and already affecting climate." Ten days later they took a stab at telling the truth because, by then, it was public knowledge that during a typical summer, about 90 percent of the high Arctic is covered with ice, but about 10 percent is open water over the North Pole.
It confers far too much dignity upon the Science News section of The New York Times to wrap garbage in it. It is garbage. First Stevens and then Andrew C. Revkin have flogged the story of climate change ever since the United Nations Rio Treaty was foisted on the world in the 1990s. Stevens wrote apoplectically about the UN Kyoto Treaty on climate change. The US Senate voted unanimously to never ratify this treaty, aimed at undermining the economy of the United States.
Only a fool would read The New York Times expecting the truth. It is the American version of the former Soviet Union's Pravda, a newspaper published to deceive Russians into believing Communism was the future. That lie crashed along with the Berlin Wall. The Times needs to change its motto to "All the lies we deem fit to print."
Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse
for information about scare campaigns designed to influence public opinion
and policy. The Center maintains an Internet site at www.anxietycenter.com.
(c) Alan Caruba, 2002
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