You often here of arctic sea ice melting as evidence of man-made global warming. Is this true and how can you know with all the varying opinions on the matter?
There are some historic records that show us the earth has had severe warming periods and cold periods over the last few thousand years.
Is ice loss in the arctic similar to the coming in and going out of the ocean tides?
We are here to tell you that yes, it is a good comparison to make when talking about ice loss and ocean tides.
If every time the tide came in on an ocean beach we all screamed, “the ocean is rising, the ocean is rising” we would be labeled a nut.
The difference is that you can easily observe the tidal event anytime you go to the beach and your brain stores this as one of several very predictable events in life.
When people talk about arctic ice loss you may not even realize that the arctic routinely loses ice and grows it back each year based on seasons.
The ice loss and gain back is slower than the ocean tide coming and and going but it is one of many similar predictable events that happens in nature.
What man-made global warming researchers will do is measure the ice loss and creation on a day to day basis over decades.
There is data that is available that shows you for each day what arctic ice is doing and this data is plotted against historical patterns for the same day on a different year.
Ice loss is frequently used by global warming alarmists to convince you an electricity tax on carbon emissions created during fossil fuel electricity generation is needed.
The tax to reduce global CO2 output would penalize coal and natural gas power plants and offer handouts to renewable energy projects.
The estimated cost to reduce sea levels just 1 inch over the next 100 years would be about $500 billion annually.
The reality is that current renewable technology via solar and wind barely makes a dent in achieving anything near what climate scientists estimate we need to do to change alarmist predictions about what will happen to the earth.
In Europe the German government has conceded that the huge investments in solar have done little to reduce CO2 levels and further investments in solar would still do little to reverse CO2 levels.
There are just too many factors involved in the creation of CO2 considering it’s given off naturally via oceans, humans, plants, and animals.
In summary as you can see in the chart as of today sea ice in the arctic shows closer to the maximum record than the minimum record.
The minimum occurred in 2010 at 10.41433 million sq km – 1.07 million sq km lower than 2013.
The maximum occurred in 1981 at 12.38081 million sq km – .89 million sq km higher than 2013.
The idea of money being directed to renewable energy projects sounds desirable when you don’t know the ramifications. The reality is already evident in Germany where consumers pay around 24 eurocents per kilowatt hour for electricity because of the use of inefficient expensive solar energy. Countries like Germany are currently changing course on this solar intensive energy strategy as it has harmed both industry and consumers because of the failure of politicians to detail the real cost of such a plan.