Although certain portions of the Artic Ice Cap is clearly melting, NASA measurements show that the overall ice cap is growing faster than it is melting.
Why haven’t we heard about this? Probably because it would put a dagger in the heart of the wild eyed claims that climate change is a major threat to the world. It would be hard to maintain the ‘war’ on carbon energy sources and destroy Obama’s legacy.
It’s time we recognized that we are simply fools to continue repressing sources of energy that produce carbon. We are depressing our economy for no verifiable reason.
Should we stop searchng for economical sources of non-carbon producing energy? Of course not! But we should pursue that search without sacraficing our economic advantages from carbon based fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.
Here is the abstract of the NASA findings:
Mass changes of the Antarctic ice sheet impact sea-level rise as climate changes, but recent rates have been uncertain. Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) data (2003–08) show mass gains from snow accumulation exceeded discharge losses by 82?±?25?Gt?a–1, reducing global sea-level rise by 0.23?mm?a–1. European Remote-sensing Satellite (ERS) data (1992–2001) give a similar gain of 112?±?61?Gt?a–1. Gains of 136?Gt?a–1 in East Antarctica (EA) and 72?Gt?a–1 in four drainage systems (WA2) in West Antarctic (WA) exceed losses of 97?Gt?a–1 from three coastal drainage systems (WA1) and 29?Gt?a–1 from the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). EA dynamic thickening of 147?Gt?a–1 is a continuing response to increased accumulation (>50%) since the early Holocene. Recent accumulation loss of 11?Gt?a–1 in EA indicates thickening is not from contemporaneous snowfall increases. Similarly, the WA2 gain is mainly (60?Gt?a–1) dynamic thickening. In WA1 and the AP, increased losses of 66?±?16?Gt?a–1 from increased dynamic thinning from accelerating glaciers are 50% offset by greater WA snowfall. The decadal increase in dynamic thinning in WA1 and the AP is approximately one-third of the long-term dynamic thickening in EA and WA2, which should buffer additional dynamic thinning for decades.