It was in 2007, upon the acceptance of his Nobel Prize in Oslo, that Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president-turned-environmental entrepreneur, joined the chorus predicting that the North Pole would be ice-free by 2013. Well, 2013 has come and almost gone, and the latest satellite data indicates that Arctic ice coverage is up 50% in 2013 from 2012 levels.
Meanwhile, the Antarctic also set an ice-volume record this fall, with ice covering more than 19.5 million square kilometers of ocean by September. In addition, Cairo, Egypt, just saw its first snowfall in more than a century, and thousands of records for cold and snow have been set across the world in December alone.
What’s more, German scientists Horst-Joachim Luedecke and Carl-Otto Weiss of the European Institute for Climate and Energy reported earlier this month that two naturally occurring cycles will combine to lower global temperatures this century. Eventually, they say, temperature levels will drop to levels corresponding with the “little ice age” of 1870.
But that hasn’t dampened the zealotry at Greenpeace, which set out this Christmas to scare kids across the world with a sinister video threatening a cancellation of Christmas, and why? Well, global warming, of course. The fact that such warming ceased in 1998, according to the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, is beside the fact for Greenpeace.
Still, in “Save The Arctic,” a dishevelled Santa Claus, who looks like he's coming off a bender, addresses his presumably wide-eyed audience of hopeful youngsters from a poorly lit, bunker-like room. In his hostage-style video, St. Nick says in halting breaths:
“Dear children, I regrettably bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas,” he says.
“My home in the Arctic is fast disappearing and unless we all act urgently then I have to warn you of the possibility of an empty stocking forevermore. Please help me,” he pleads.
In the end, Santa urges those watching to sign a petition to “Save Santa’s Home,” which hopefully will spur the world’s unmoved leaders to address global warming. And, oh yeah, the petition also warns of oil companies trying to drill in the Arctic.
“World leaders are ignoring the reindeer’s cries for help as they sink in the melting ice,” the petition states. “Even the threat of being on Santa’s naughty list hasn’t prompted a rescue operation.”
Can a group or movement get any more cynical and/or pathetic than scaring kids to push its agenda? American philosopher Eric Hoffer once characterized movements this way: every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket. Greenpeace’s Santa Claus gambit certainly seems like the desperation move of a racket.
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