Monday, December 30, 2013

What the MSM didn't tell you about the ship stuck in the Antarctic ice

The [ice-bound] expedition is being led by Chris Turney, “climate scientist”, who has “set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” The purpose of the expedition is “to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”
Funny how the real nature of this "research" expedition never gets mentioned in the MSM. These global warming loons set out on a little propaganda pilgrimage and got trapped by reality, in this side-splitting-ly funny irony.

They went to Antarctica in the middle of summer to gin up propaganda for global warming, and got stuck in ice.

Gaia, it seems, has a sense of humor.

Please pray for their safe rescue.


  1. The reason why the ship got trapped in the ice is because it's in the first half of the Southern Hemisphere summer. The sea ice is breaking up producing ice floes which are capable of being blown by whatever currents and winds around any ships in the area, and once that happens the ship is trapped until the currents and winds shift enough to open an escape passage.

    I've been on a similarly sized ship in the Arctic summer north of Svalbard. The cruise should have gone further north, but the captain wisely decided not to, since ice floes were drifting more southerly than usual, trapping two other ships.

    You don't want to get trapped by drifting ice floes. You might be there for days or weeks.

    What did you think actually happened? That more sea ice was being formed as a result of the nonexistent global warming 'pause'?

    1. So you deny a "pause" in global warming. Even Trenberth and Jones don't deny it. You are silly!

    2. Ripken1,

      Yes, I do deny that there's a pause in global warming. The Earth doesn't consist of just the lower atmosphere in assessing whether there's global warming or not.

      There's also the oceans (which have a much greater heat capacity than the atmosphere), the cryosphere (ice and snow) and the land.

      The oceans continue to warm. The Arctic icecap continues to melt. The atmosphere warmed slightly (0.01 degrees) - statistically insignificant - between 1988 and 2012, a 'pause' which was manufactured by cherry picking the data set by starting with an abnormally strong El Niño year in 1988 (adding a degree of temperature) and finishing with a moderate La Niña year in 2012 (which produces cooling of the atmosphere).

    3. Oops, '1988' should be '1998'.

  2. A ship stuck in the ice during the summer??? The SUMMER? ICE? Global warming must be a hoax!!!

    Or so the simplistic propaganda goes, dutifully parroted by useful idiot Michael Egnor. No need to point out annoying facts such as there being ice all year in the antarctic seas.

  3. so this global warming scientist is actually a businessman who will sell you an indulgence for your carbon sins. he has a vested material interested in this hokey theory. so stupid.


  4. Why the quote marks around 'climate scientist'? He is a climate scientist.

    Carbonscape can be justified for other reasons. It doesn't aim to fix carbon from the atmosphere. What makes you think that? It is a process that takes waste plant material, heats it at high temperature in the absence of oxygen, producing a liquid product which can be used as fuel, together with biochar (charcoal) which can be used in smelting or adding quality to agricultural soil.

    Chris Turney, besides being a climate scientist, with interest in past climate - particularly the past 500,000years, is also an author. His last book (which I read) was '1912: the Year the World Discovered Antarctica', a history of Antarctic exploration, including Robert Scott and Douglas Mawson.

    The aim of this expedition was to visit some of the huts from that time.

    1. climate scientist/venture capitalist is more like it. the quote marks are appropriate.


    2. Naidoo,

      Well, how would it look if I referred to "Michael Egnor, 'neurosurgeon'", on the basis that he's blogging not as a neurosurgeon, on topics not related to neurosurgery?

      Would you complain?

  5. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyDecember 30, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    If you're laughing at Chris Turney now, you haven't even begun to laugh. But first, a little intro:

    As with all great stories, it began with a potato."
    --- Chris Turney

    The story is about a great new idea for carbon sequestration. Here's the basic idea:
    (1) cut down forests
    (2) convert wood into charcoal with "industrial-scale" microwave oven
    (3) bury charcoal
    (3) replant.

    Here's what passes for a patent application in New Zealand, apparently. I love the "flow chart" graphic.Since it has no decision points a flow chart format is purely gratuitous. But it looks "technical". That's always a plus.

    Anyway, my favorite part of the "invention" is the description of Stage/Phase/Box/Step 2:
    Reduce organic matter by chipping in carbon efficient chipper.

    That sort of like saying "construct light-emitting filament by finding wire that glows without burning up".

    Mr Turney, that's not just a "great story", it's an awesome story. But not exactly Edison, amigo.

    Anyway, I think most people can easily see how a man like this gets stuck in the ice. It has nothing to do with global warming, Antarctica, summer, or sea ice. It has everything to do with Chris Turney, a typical Klimate Scientist. He's probably been "stuck in the ice", as it were, for quite a while now.

    1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyDecember 30, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Oops. Wrong link for Mr Turney. Here's teh corect lenk:

      The restaurant is great, too. Visit if you're in N'awlins.

    2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyDecember 30, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      By the way, here's the intro sentence for the linked page:

      "A world-first invention was unveiled in Blenheim in New Zealand this week with a multi-billion dollar earning potential and the ability to impact on carbon capture on a global scale."

      I don't give investment advice, but I suggest keeping the words "Solyndra" and "Fisker" in mind before you reach for your wallet.

      It sounds like a hot tip for government "investment" though. They could recycle lots of somebody else's money through that dog.

    3. Grandpa,

      No, I don't laugh at Chris Turney. I laugh at you though.

      I think I'll pass on Carbonscape. It's a little too speculative, similar to fracking (I suspect that only the early fracking sites will make a profit - the later poorer quality sites will be loss making).

    4. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyDecember 30, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Fortunately, fracking doesn't need your retirement check.

      General Electric Co. is opening a new laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies, and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects of the boom.
      --- FoxNews (2013)

      BTW, GE was founded by Thomas Edison. ;-)

      "Step 2: Build microphone that yields voice-modulated current"
      --- Patent Application (Alexander Graham Dingaling)

    5. Grandpa,

      I read this morning that American crude production has just hit a 25 year high at just over 8 million barrels per day. What's that? Around a third of daily consumption?

      Saudi produces around 10 million barrels per day. There doesn't appear to be much risk of a short term shortage of supply causing a spike in oil prices, risking damage to the economy (although oil prices are around $105 a barrel).

      The spike in oil prices in 2007 was one of the causes of the GFC in 2008 (the spike albeit being due to a different reason - commodity future funds were betting that the price of oil would go up, and when enough did, that's what happened).

      I suspect that the oil price will have to increase significantly to make the lesser quality fracking sites profitable. The oil companies are going after the superior sites where they can turn a profit quickly.

      I don't know how the oil companies expect to be able to drill in the Arctic. The trapping of a ship in the Antarctic shows that when the winds are blowing in the wrong direction, ice floes can be moved very quickly. The 'Aurora' has bailed out for the moment because of the strong southerlies.

      A large ice floe moved by strong winds and currents has a lot of momentum. If it comes up against an Arctic drilling platform it would be a case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.

  6. When life gives you ice, make slushies!

    They'll be OK, Chinese are saving them.

    1. The icebreaker (Chinese) got stuck as well.

    2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyDecember 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      The Chinese have turned back, according to CNN. And the French were on their way but surrendered when they noticed the ice.

      The Aussies are on the way, though. The Anglosphere will no doubt prevail. Again.

      "Step 2: Fabricate ruby rod that lases"
      --- Patent Application (Theodore Muttman)

    3. Gee Admiral, are the Anglos superior to all other people? Let me guess, you’re not Asian or Black. I know, you meant cultural superiority ;)


  7. "Funny how the real nature of this "research" expedition never gets mentioned in the MSM."

    "The expedition to gauge the effects of climate change on the region began November 27. "

    "Led by the climate scientist Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales, the ship has been sailing through the Southern Ocean, repeating and extending many of Mawson's wildlife and weather observations in order to build a picture of how this part of the world has changed in the past 100 years."

    "...according to Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at the University of New South Wales, Australia, writing on the expedition blog..."