The global warming narrative (oops…climate change) is thought provoking, but I wonder on which set of facts my environmental friends base their predictions.
Call me a denier, but I thought I should dip my paddle in the climate change pond and focus briefly on the polar bear, the environmental equivalent of the canary in the mine.
According very recent TV ads, November 2022, the polar bear is again nigh on to extinction. We see a mama polar bear and two furry cubs wandering forlornly along the shore of an ice studded arctic sea. It is enough to tug at one’s heart. And then we flash to a picture of new electric SUV, and by inference learn we can save the polar bear from extinction if we buy electric cars.
(Somehow, the connection between the two escapes me and begs the question of how much energy and material is expended in the production of batteries, engines, tires, glass and metal of these “pure” electric cars. There are no free rides.)
The presumed demise of the polar bear led to listing the bear as “Threatened” with extinction because the presumed reduction in polar ice caused by global warming (oops, there I go again…climate change…) would harm them sometime in the future.
Doctor Susan Crockford details the contrary facts in her book “The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Came.” According to Doctor Crockford, as of 2019 polar bear numbers were the highest in decades.
Maybe my global warming friends should open their minds and read a book or two.