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January 1, 2014

Anderson: Global warming expedition stuck in ice ... hmmmm

Happy New Year! For those who enjoy irony, 2014 begins cheerfully with a global warming event.

A Russian ship, carrying a New Zealand “scientific expedition” and what seem to be eco-tourists led by Australian “climate scientist” Chris Turney, is stuck in thousands of square kilometers of “unexpected” summertime ice in Antarctica.

Much of the mainstream media doesn’t seem to know what the ship is doing there, but according to Internet sources, the purpose of the expedition is “to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”

Chris Turney’s carbon refining company is involved in developing technology to make green products to help reduce greenhouse gases.

So, the ship filled with scientists looking for evidence of global warming, which left New Zealand Nov. 28, has been stuck since Christmas Eve, when a blizzard “pushed the sea ice around the ship, freezing it in place,” according to AP, which also says it “isn’t in danger of sinking”.

While it probably won’t sink when encased in ice, the hull is likely to be crushed if the ice thickens. Fossil-fuel ice-breakers have been trying to reach the ship, hoping to free it, then turn it around so it can sail to open water. However, the latest plan involves fossil-fuel helicopters evacuating the passengers.

They are said to be in good spirits, with enough supplies to last awhile, so we shouldn’t feel bad if we are laughing. If only Al Gore were a passenger, the irony would be rated 100 percent.

More irony as the year turns: the Obama supporters who spent their Christmas season trying to get health insurance before the constantly moving deadlines, after they lost the plans they liked that Obama promised they could keep. I uncharitably hope that those remaining apologists who insist we shouldn’t criticize ObamaCare until it’s had a chance to work also spent New Year’s Eve sitting in front of their computers trying to sign up before 2014 began. Should the auld policy be canceled, just lift a cup of kindness and toast auld lying politicians.

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