Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tom Smitheringale gets frostbite, we get a lesson

As the Bolter says, this year is in fact the fourth in a row when one or more glooball warmening idiots have gone to the Arctic to "highlight" and "raise awareness" of the effects of said warmening on the North Pole, only (in three out of the four cases) to require rescuing from the terrible and bitter cold.

Which admittedly has provided me and others with no end of amusement (as they were all rescued successfully), but still leaves open the question of how so many people caught this seemingly infectious dose of madness in the first place.

TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he’s another alarmist with frostbite.
The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he’d raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: “Part of the reason Tom’s One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps.”

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: “Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!”

But Antarctica isn’t melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 2007..
But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.


Though for sheer entertainment value, the efforts of "explorers and educators” Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen in 2007 are hard to beat. They set out on:

“a historic 75-day expedition to the North Pole and beyond to raise awareness of global warming’s impact on the fragile Arctic”.

It turned out that what was fragile was not the Arctic but the alarmists, who had to call off their big trip not long after it started, when Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold drained their batteries.

Explained a spokesman: “They were experiencing temperatures that weren’t expected with global warming.”
Like the globe, really.


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