What’s in that melting glacial water anyway?

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has some great news for us all:

“We’re at the end of a long, long term of warming. 700 to 900 years of increased temperature, a very slow increase. We think we’re close to the end of that. If we’re close to the end of that, that means that we’ll starting getting cooler gradually, not very rapidly, but cooler once again and stability might come to this region for a period of another 900 years,” Stevens said.

There are a couple of things here that really amaze me:

  1. That a Senator from a state that has arguably felt the most direct impact of global warming to date in the U.S. could make this claim. I suppose that it’s hard to take Inhofe’s position on climate change when you’re standing in a village that has already lost about 500 feet of shoreline in recent years, so claiming that things are looking up is the next best option.
  2. That Stevens could find the time to study climatology and discover a wholly new theory on climate trends in the midst of his busy legislative schedule, allegedly illegal land deals and legal troubles.

Deborah Williams, president of Alaska Conservation Solutions, a group focused on global warming issues in Alaska, said Stevens’ theory is a new one, and it is the opposite of the findings of an international panel of scientists earlier this year.

That’s a generously diplomatic take on Stevens’ comments. I’d be more likely to describe them as loon-bat crazy. But that’s just me.


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