John Locke Foundation's Reality Not Grounded in Reality

John Locke Foundation's Reality Not Grounded in Reality
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The most recent global warming misinformation being spread around the industry-friendly blogosphere is the claim that the massive Arctic sea ice loss over the last 30 years is due to abnormal wind patterns and not global warming.  

Case in point, Roy Cordato, “Resident scholar” at the John Locke Foundation, asks the question: “What’s really going on with Arctic and Antarctic sea ice?”

The answer for Cordato and the JLF can apparently be found at the Exxon-sweet Heartland Institute, who claims that the contracting of Arctic sea ice is due to localized wind patterns and “is unrelated to global warming.”

Heartland and JLF even quote a NASA press release as evidence:

“Unusual atmospheric conditions set up wind patterns that compressed the sea ice, loaded it into the Transpolar Drift Stream and then sped its flow out of the Arctic.”

Impressive. Too bad it’s only half the story.

Notice that neither the JLF article or the Heartland article actually link to the NASA press release or the actual study. If they did, their readers might have gotten the full picture and the reality of what NASA scientists found.

You can read the full press release here. And even more importantly, you can read the actual NASA study that was published in the Geophysical Research Letters here.

Without a doubt, neither JLF or the Heartland read the actual research paper and I know that because the third sentence in states:

“Dynamic [wind] and thermodynamic [heat] effects appear to be combining to expedite the loss of perennial sea ice.”

In other words, wind is playing a role in that it is actually accelerating Arctic ice loss due to rising temperatures.

That’s some solid research by the John Lock Foundation’s Roy Cordato, who concludes his article by stating:

Of course organizations like Heartland that point out these inconvenient truths will draw accusations of “denier” and claims that they are being bought off by big oil, but the one response you won’t find is an article demonstrating that the Heartland article is wrong. Hmmm, I wonder why?”

Well there’s your answer Cordato, and if you’re truly concerned about “sound science” as you claim, you’re more than welcome to re-print this explanation on your site.

John Locke Foundation's Reality Not Grounded in Reality

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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