Deceptions of the Climatistas

The New York Times is doing its job as an echo chamber for the Climatistas with a piece earlier this week on arctic and Antarctic ice melt, featuring this pairing of photographs of the Muir glacier in southwestern Alaska in 1941 and 2004.  I’ve used these same two photos myself in presentations about the observable climate changes in the world.  But is this proof that it is human-caused, in whole or in part?

Times on Big Melt copyTurns out the Times and others who use this photo pairing leave something out.  Paul Homewood of NotALotofPeopleKnowThat blog points us to this next photo, from 1951, showing that much of the retreat of the Muir glacier occurred between 1941 and 1951—largely before the modern warming spurt that has Al Gore soiling his BVDs.

Muir 1951 copy

Actually it turns out the Muir glacier has been retreating for more than 200 years.  Homewood notes this report from the U.S. Geological Survey, which provides this map of the extent of glaciation in Glacier Bay since the late 18th century.

Glacier Map copy

Gee—I wonder why the Climatistas and their media toadies would leave this out?

JOHN adds: In general, haven’t the world’s glaciers been retreating since the end of the last Ice Age, 10,000 or more years ago? I believe so. Certainly since the end of the Little Ice Age. Do people really not understand this? Perhaps not. More to come on this topic later in the day.

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