I mentioned a couple of weeks ago here that the climate change crusade has unraveled so badly that it has become a bore to follow. The media and the public started losing interest long ago. In designing an environmental policy course for next semester, several faculty told me “students are really bored with the subject,” and advised sidestepping climate for the most part. Has anyone seen Al Gore lately? I’m wondering if he’s growing a beard again.
But you really can’t help but savor the complete farce of the boatload of climate scientists currently stuck in the ice in Antarctica. Even thought it is summer there right now, the region is experiencing record ice levels. Please, please tell me Michael Mann is along for the trip; and can’t he just cut the ship loose with his indestructible hockey stick? Because, lo and behold, the ice-breaker sent to rescue the expedition has itself become stuck in ice:
(CNN) — South Pole weather has stymied a rescue by a Chinese icebreaker trying to reach an expedition vessel trapped for the past four days in frozen seas, a ship officer told CNN Friday.
The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was just six nautical miles away from the rescue, but now it’s stuck in an Antarctica ice floe, too.
The Chinese crew is hoping a French icebreaker 14 nautical miles away will arrive and offer relief, said Zhu Li, chief officer of the Chinese ship.
But it’s likely the French vessel Astrolabe will also be slowed by the polar cap’s extreme frigidity, Zhu said.
Waiting to be rescued by the French is a touch not even Mark Steyn could lampoon sufficiently. I’d be happy to arrange for an air drop of a package of Power Line Green Weenies for them to eat if they’d like.