<div class=”getty embed image” style=”background-color: #fff; display: inline-block; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; color: #a7a7a7; font-size: 11px; width: 100%; max-width: 509px;”> <div style=”padding: 0; margin: 0; text-align: left;”><a style=”color: #a7a7a7; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal !important; border: none; display: inline-block;” href=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/686726471″ target=”_blank”>Embed from Getty Images</a></div> <div style=”overflow: hidden; position: relative; height: 0; padding: 66.601179% 0 0 0; width: 100%;”><iframe style=”display: inline-block; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; margin: 0;” src=”//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/686726471?et=O3qYudWIRNJpHjOp9VlAKQ&viewMoreLink=off&sig=rXaD0Ubpi7xv-23cW0Ty83OcU60-7yJN5PKoPq3wzrU=&caption=true” width=”509″ height=”339″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe></div> <p style=”margin: 0;”></p> </div> Remember 2009? That’s when Al Gore breathlessly announced, “there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.”<!–more–> Welcome to 2016, Mr. Gore — the ice is still there… in fact, it’s been there for quite some time. But climate hysterics have revised their predictions every year to accommodate their inaccuracies. The problem is that it’s hard to really compare the amount of ice there to other times in history, because scientists haven’t directly measured it until the past few decades. In other words, our understanding of the Arctic is pretty limited. But not anymore. Scientist began ready every detail of the log books of the great polar explorers Robert Falcon Scott (an explorer who died during his attempt to be the first person to reach the South Pole) and Ernest Shackleton (who explored during the “<a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroic_Age_of_Antarctic_Exploration”>Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration</a>”), among others. They discovered that the Antarctic sea ice has barely changed at all from where it was 100 years ago. In fact, according to NASA study, “not only has Antarctic sea ice not changed, but land based ice is expanding.” <img class=”size-medium wp-image-1676″ src=”http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/markmeckler/files/2016/12/Screen-Shot-2016-12-12-at-8.34.40-AM-300×207.png” alt=”Explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott ” width=”300″ height=”207″ /> <em>Explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott</em> <p class=”p1″>Scientists have concluded that changes were due to natural cycles and not global warming.</p> <p class=”p1″>But wait just one second. Couldn’t it also mean that:</p> <ol> <li class=”p1″> The great polar explorers were part of the “vast right wing conspiracy.”</li> <li class=”p1″>Antarctic Sea ice is in on the vast right wing conspiracy.</li> <li class=”p1″>Or, the dang “deniers” must have been sneaking to the Antarctic and backfilling with their ice cube trays.</li> </ol> Whatever is the case, I think we can all agree it’s time to get rid of this politicized science and focus on real problems facing the globe today.