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January 4, 2014 - 9:37 am

When last we left our heroes, they had successfully evacuated 52 global warming scientists from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian ice breaker that was stranded by ice for 10 days. A Chinese ship, the Xue Long, used a helicopter to ferry the scientists — who still insist the Antarctic ice is melting due to global warming — to an Australian ice breaker that is now on the way back home.

But rather than get the girl and live happily ever after, the Chinese ice breaker itself has now become trapped by sea ice.

BBC reports:

The Chinese ice-breaker that helped rescue passengers stranded on the Akademik Shokalskiy vessel in Antarctica may now itself be stuck.

An Australian ice-breaker carrying the rescued passengers has been placed on standby in case the Chinese ship, Xue Long, needs assistance.

On Thursday, a helicopter from Xue Long transferred 52 passengers from the Shokalskiy to the Aurora Australis.

The Shokalskiy has been trapped by thick floes of ice since 24 December.

“Xue Long notified Amsa [the Australian Maritime Safety Authority]… this afternoon [that] it has concerns about their ability to move through heavy ice in the area,” Amsa said in a statement.

“[Xue Long] will attempt to manoeuvre through the ice when tidal conditions are most suitable during the early hours of 4 January,” Amsa said, adding that there was no immediate danger to the crew on the Xue Long.

The Australian Aurora Australis has been asked to remain in open water nearby as a precautionary measure.

BBC reporter Andrew Luck-Baker is on board the Australian ship: “The irony of the situation is that the Xue Long was originally summoned to break a clear route through the pack ice to the smaller Russian vessel. That was not possible and the large icebreaker is now trapped itself.

“As a precautionary measure, the Australian icebreaker has been put on standby to assist the Xue Long, if needs be. All the vessels involved in this drama are within a sea area of East Antarctica that is claimed by Australia. Hence, the coordinating role lies with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.”

As a political joke, the idea of global warming scientists out to prove the shrinking Antarctic ice sheet becoming trapped is mildly amusing. But as a matter of science, looking at an infinitesimally small part of the ice sheet and basing any conclusions on how thick the ice is at that small section at a given point during a given time of the year is silly. The Antarctic ice sheet covers 4.5 million square miles and the local concentration of ice that covers a few dozen or even hundreds of miles is certainly not indicative of whether the entire ice sheet is growing, shrinking, or remaining constant.

That said, there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation for why part of the Antarctic ice sheet is shrinking and other parts are growing. The explanation for both cannot be global warming so there is obviously some dynamic about ice masses at work of which we are still in dark.

I don’t know whether the rescued scientists were interested in studying the problem with an open mind or whether they had braved the ice in order to advance a cause. We should rejoice that they are safe while, at the same time, allowing ourselves a chuckle at the superficial irony of seeing global warming scientists hoisted on their own petard, so to speak.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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One can be wrong, if one doesn't "hide the decline", intentionally lie about the Himalayas, admits that contrary evidence is abundant.

One becomes a liar by intentionally hiding truth, and then slandering those who seek it.

The damage by allowing your noxious brand of permanent equivocation and falsely carving out a non-existent middle ground in order to "appear" above the battle...is cheap theater.

Pretending to take a side while acting as a double agent, is cowardly.
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The Australian ship has been released. It is not going directly home, but back to the Australian base on Antarctica where it was unloading equipment when it got the call to rescue those AGW fools. It will return to Australia when the real scientists get the rest of their equipment and supplies. The untold story here is that the real scientists have had their research year down there seriously disrupted and some will not get their experiments completed this year because of those clowns. The Chinese have lost the entire year of their Antarctic program. The French who also sent an icebreaker also lost time.

It's summer down there and there is a limited window to rotate people and bring in supplies and equipment for the rest of the year. These climate fools have seriously disrupted the research schedules of three countries. The cost of the rescue will be in the millions. While the law of the sea places responsibility on the owners of the Russian ship, there will be spin off lawsuits against the organizers of the trip. Those organizers dallied and wasted up to six hours in returning to the ship after being ordered back the captain because of the worsening weather. Had they all gotten aboard in three hours, the ship probably wouldn't have gotten stuck. If the captain would have left when he thought it prudent, which he had the power to do, it would have left the AGW clowns to a certain death because they had no food, extra clothing or shelter for their ill advised day trip.

The US has the newly refurbished Polar Star, an icebreaker which can go through 17 feet of ice in the area. It was in Sydney two days ago and the captain has been in contact with all four ships involved. They have been non-commital about freeing either ship, but they certainly could and they will be passing closely on their way to the US Antarctic base. The Russians are building more nuclear icebreakers because they have laid claim to most of the Arctic for oil and gas exploration. But it is said the nuclear ships can't leave the Arctic because they need very cold water to cool their reactors. Go over to What's Up with That where they have run about eight stories on all this with well over three thousand comments, most of them additionally informative. Fear not, they're conservatives like us and they are pouring derision on the AGW folks like it was hot chocolate on a frigid day. The fools have it and more coming for their climate fraud antics.
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When the ship and it's global warming fanatics originally called for help, the correct response would have been:

"No, that is not possible. All predictions say that the ice pack is melting. Goodbye"
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Q - What do you call 52 Warmists stuck in the Antarctic ice pack?

A - A good beginning.
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But the AGW proponents insist that "Ice extent is not ice mass" and that the ice is really shrinking. (See http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/01/how_leftists_account_for_climate_stability_comments.html#disqus_thread - the debate between GPP111 and Guest towards the bottom)
33 weeks ago
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I believe I read somewhere that it isn't even 52 climate scientists. Half the people on board were tourists who were rounded up to pay for this debacle. They got them for their money and cheap labor. Now that I think about it isn't that what Progs do to all of us?
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This situation is begging for a sea-faring parody; maybe set to the song of "Gilligan's Island" or some such.

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...
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According to what I've researched, the Akademik Shokalskiy is an "ice class" ship, not an "ice breaker". It may have been a ship loaded with fools, but the captain is the fool who'll pay in the end for getting them into that situation.
33 weeks ago
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Correct, it's not an ice breaker. RT TV (the U.S. Russian channel) had an interesting article on the ship and its crew. Note that the ship is in no particular danger, and is stocked to last until the ice thaws. (I believe that the ship is also supposed to be resupplying several research bases). It's the tourists that are a bunch of wimps and asking to be rescued.
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I still think we should let the climate Nazi's sit on that Russian ship until Mother Nature is good and ready to release the ship from the ice. A few months of doing nothing but staring out at endless fields of ice, as well as staring at and getting on each others nerves might actually do them some good.
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It would be more than a "few months". It's now summer in Antarctica, the warmest part of the year. If that ship doesn't escape fairly soon, the ice conditions will only worsen as winter approaches. That would mean their best hope is that NEXT summer is warmer, and and the ice becomes thinner. They could end up spending a year stuck in ice.
33 weeks ago
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I'm looking at 30 below zero wind chill in Missouri today. Do NOT talk to me about global warming.
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The meteorologist commented yesterday that it was colder in Manitoba than it was on Mars at the moment.
33 weeks ago
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It's a balmy 30ºF here today, but tomorrow is expected to be much colder.
33 weeks ago
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Those evacuated mostly tourists from NZ and Australia as pointed out below, not "scientists". Most reports not even mentioning that the "Recreate Mawson's journey" expedition was really a global warming research venture.

In 2007 disappearing Antarctic sea ice was a sign of global warming. In 2014, thickening and broadening Antarctic sea ice is...hold your breath... a sign of global warming !

(Didn't Al Gore predict that the Arctic ice (also increasing this year) would be completely gone by 2013 and the polar bears would be stranded on ice floes ? Anybody holding that idiot's feet to the fire ?)

"Carbon footprint" of this Antarctic fiasco is huge, the "warmists" who organized this gig as hypocritical as liberals in general when it comes to this stuff.

"In an interview with AFP yesterday director of the French Polar Institute Yves Frenot criticised the "pseudo-scientific expedition".

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11181470
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And this is summertime there! Hahahaha
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So if they don't break the ship free soon, it may never get freed.
33 weeks ago
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this fine fiasco into fridgia was paid for by the b.b.c. (short for bumbling british commies), if memory serves. lots of commenters online attribute all this to G_d's sense of humor and how you couldn't make this stuff up. I just love laughing at lefty loons, who doesn't? let's list some of the genius plans they have gifted us with:

1. aren't we still paying all those (carbon penalty) taxes the 'smart ones' imposed on us so world dictators can have more fancy cars and lavish estates? $7.5 billion the u.s taxpayers paid last year to the 3rd world for a.g.w.
2. aren't our coal plants still being closed and our power bills much higher so we can comply w/ the a.g.w. agenda?
3. isn't the a.g.w. agenda still running full throttle and continuing to cost us all $$ and freedoms?
4. we have so many problems, I guess opening the flood gates to uneducated 3rd world peoples will help us get a handle on all these government imposed disasters.
5. maybe letting the government destroy our health care system will help somehow?
6. i.r.s. tapped to win elections.
7. n.s.a. wire tapped to get the skinny on ??? explains a lot if you think about it.
8. and what gov. stooge first said, 'hey, let's force the mex. drug guys to buy unwanted assault weapons from us to pump up the number of u.s. guns involved in the border war'?
9. remember Benghazi? odd how nobody else does.
10., 11., 12.... and oh so many more.

looks to me like when something is one real and observable epic fail after another, after another, and on and on, like just about everything lefty's love, we shouldn't keep our foot on the gas pedal and headed into what ??? another ditch? hey, the left didn't build it, but they sure as he!! know how to drive it into a ditch, over and over and over again.

and the media just keeps listening to these halfwits. what does it matter now? lots o'lefty stupid to go around. that's one thing the western world never needs to import.

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