Sunday, September 13, 2009

Oh, fuck the polar bears!

Excuse me. I don't really mean that. I like polar bears, (at a distance), too and don't wont them to go extinct.

And there's the rub.

They are not going to be extinct within 70 years as this ridiculous article suggests.

There is fucking precious little in the way of hard, real world, evidence that they are doing anything but fine at the moment.

For heaven's sake, there was some idiotic article recently going on about obese bears!

There's an insight into the friggen zeitgeist if ever there was one. Polar bears imperilled by fucking obesity!

Well, that's not when they are being imperilled by possible starvation some time in the future because maybe they wont be able to catch seals anymore because maybe there wont be any sea ice.


How long are people going to be fooled by this pea and thimble game?

How many dire predictions are going to have to come to naught before people start asking some very pointed questions of the doom mongers? Has the person who in 1970 warned of the great nitrogen threat we faced in coming years, when the sun would be hidden from us by a brown haze, been asked to explain?

Has Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb and maker of a series of extraordinary predictions in the early 1970s about how America wouldn't be able to feed its population, leading to mass starvation, food riots and population collapse by the 1990s, been asked to explain?

Fuck no. Indeed, President Obama appoints a fan of his to his administration as his "science czar!"

Fuck me. And what is the Torygraph doing peddling this bullshit? And why is its "medical correspondent" writing it? Isn't there some damn disease that needs writing about?

Anthony Watts has a suitable reaction - Oh no, not this rubbish again.
Count the number of ifs, mays, and coulds in this story, then look the rebuttal and other supporting information. The Telegraph is repeating alarmism.

He then gives some contrary views:

National Post March 6th, 2007 – Polar bear numbers up, but rescue continues

Dr. Mitchell Taylor, a biologist with Nunavut Territorial government in Canada wrote this letter (PDF) on April 6th, 2006 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Phew, glad to get that off my chest!

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