This is definitely one of my pet peeves.
Seemingly forever, the polar bear has been the iconic symbol of
global warming climate change Global Climate Disruption. My problem is pretty simple: those cute, cuddly bears simply aren’t endangered.
The first time I heard someone dare to speak this heresy out loud was back in 2009, when the Grand Poobah of Climate Change, Al Gore, was questioned by the director of Not Evil, Just Wrong, Phelim McAleer:
The British High Court in London found An Inconvenient Truth had nine significant errors umh in it …..
Given that this film has been shown in schools to children, do you accept those nine significant errors?
I know you say that it’s funded by deniers – that court case – but a judge in the British High Court, after a lengthy hearing, found there were nine significant errors.
This has been shown to children.
Have you – do you accept those findings, and have you done anything to correct those errors?
Vice-President Al Gore:
Well, I’m not going to go through …uh, uh… all of those…uh.
The ruling was in favor of the movie by the way and the ruling was in favor of showing the movie in the schools and that, that’s, that’s really the the bottom line on that.
There’s been such a long discussion of each one of those … uh specific things … umh.
One of them for example was that polar bears – if I remember correctly, it’s been a long time ago – that polar bears really aren’t endangered.
Well, polar bears didn’t get that word so … uh (shrugs).
Well, the number of polar bears have increased … actually .. and are increasing…..
You don’t think they’re endangered, do you?
The number of polar bears have increased.
Do you think they’re endangered?
The number of polar bears have increased…..
Despite that exchange, virtually none in the media were willing to acknowledge the obvious fact: polar bears were doing just fine, thank-you-very-much, and that maybe they ought to find a new spokes-critter.
Ha, ha, ha, ……like THAT was gonna happen?
The polar bear is still used incessantly as the crowning example of why we need to throw away our cars, kiss Thomas Edison’s light bulb goodbye, and build our houses out of hemp. You see it in ads, and more ads. If you attempt to challenge a true-believer on the subject of the polar bear, you will likely be labeled a “climate denier”, which I believe is supposed to be a pejorative (personally, I rather like it).
Which brings us to today’s article from Canada’s theglobeandmail.com:
‘Healthy Polar Bear Count Confounds Doomsayers’ –
The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.
The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt.
Well, well, well…..isn’t that something?
I’m not a scientist, I don’t play one on TV and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so I cannot get into all the data on the climate. But I can read a history book, so I DO know that the world has been getting warmer, then colder, and then warmer again, for a very long time, waaaaay before we showed up with our Fords and our flat-screen TVs. And that right now the polar bear is as endangered as the dandelions in my neighbor’s front lawn.
If the Climate groupies would just speak honestly about the subject, cease brainwashing our kids about the thriving polar bear, tone down the imagery a tad, and stop trying to cook the books to prove their point…..we might be able to have an actual discussion.