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Murdock: 'Warming’ theory trapped in Antarctic ice

By Deroy Murdock / Syndicated Columnist

Chinese choppers on Thursday evacuated 52 passengers marooned in the South Pole since Christmas Eve aboard the Russian science vessel MS Akademik Shokalskiy. It will take far more than helicopters, however, to salvage the theory of so-called “global warming.” It remains trapped in Antarctic ice.

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“We’re stuck in our own experiment,” said Chris Turney, Ph.D., a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales. The voyage’s leader was no mere guide, and his fellow travelers were not just tourists. While news accounts portrayed these people as star-crossed adventurers, the frustrated Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) was supposed to “discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south,” Turney explained.

“There is an increasing body of evidence, including by the AAE members, that have identified parts of the East Antarctic which are highly susceptible to melting and collapse from ocean warming,” AAE’s website stated. “We are going south to … determine the extent to which human activity and pollution has (sic) directly impacted on this remote region of Antarctica.”

AAE’s co-leader, Dr. Chris Fogwill, calls himself a “palaeo-climatologist working to answer the big questions surrounding climate change, melting ice sheets, and sea level rise.”

The Melbourne Herald Sun’s Andrew Bolt reported that 26 thrill-seeking tourists paid $8,000 to ride along. Another 22 climate scientists were aboard, along with four journalists.

These folks likely hoped to confirm the thinking of geniuses such as Albert Gore, Jr. “A troubling process is underway because of global warming,” the former vice president wrote Jan. 31, 2012, while touring the South Pole. “As I look at this exquisite continent buried deep under the ice,” he added, “it’s troubling to think about what will happen as this ice melts ever more rapidly.”

As editor Marc Morano recalls, Princeton scientists theorized back in 1969 that a 600-foot-thick chunk of the Antarctic, as large as Asia, could break away. This ice shelf would reflect enough sunshine to trigger a new ice age.

Unfortunately for Team AAE, reports of Antarctica’s warming were greatly exaggerated.

NASA announced that Sept. 22, Antarctic sea ice stretched to 7.51 million square miles — “a new record,” for the second consecutive year. NASA added: “Ice covered more of the Southern Ocean than at any time in the satellite record,” which began in 1979. Ice extended 22 miles beyond average. As the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow noted, these concrete observations contradict United Nations computer models that “simulate declining — not increasing — Antarctic sea ice.”

Remember, the AAE drama unspooled during Antarctic’s summer. While the mid-Atlantic and New England endure a frosty nor’easter and frigid temperatures, the South Pole now usually enjoys constant sunshine and relative warmth.

Nevertheless, the Akademik Shokalskiy was paralyzed in 10 feet of ice. The Chinese ice breaker Snow Dragon steamed to the rescue. It, in turn, became bogged in ice and retreated. The Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis tried to help. It, too, yielded to ice and withdrew. While stranded, the AAE participants said they practiced “knot tying, languages, yoga,” and other hobbies.

After a 35-mph blizzard finally cleared, China’s helicopters conquered the brutal conditions and whisked the luckless passengers to safety.

They were not the first to fail while chasing the chimera of so-called “global warming.”

Great Britain’s Sir Ranulph Fiennes abandoned a cross-Antarctic trek last February after suffering severe frostbite in minus-22-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Dubbed “The Coldest Journey,” according to writer Brad Nehring, Fiennes’ expedition was to “draw attention to global warming — namely, the effect that climate change has wrought upon the polar ice cap.”

In the North Pole, the Catlin Arctic Survey was “the first Polar expedition to monitor the effects of climate change on sea ice.” Alas, in May 2009, the scientists surrendered and were extracted after the mercury hit minus-40.

For its part, team AAE leaves behind the gospel of so-called “global warming.”

It now is frozen solid.

The penguins must be laughing.

Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.