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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Breaking the Ice

The Premise of the Green New Deal...


...is that the polar caps are melting as the Earth warms. Yet Congress authorized three new heavy ice breakers for the US Coast Guard (more here).


It seems to me that those are ships without a mission unless we stop driving cars and kill all of the cows now.

Congress needs to decide what it believes in.  Conventional progressive wisdom holds that by 2024 (when the first of the ships will be launched), there won't be any polar ice remaining...even though the polar ice cap has been growing in size and thickness over the past few years. Maybe they know more about the coming ice age than they're letting on?

Russia built and launched14 icebreakers for various arms of the country's government just since 2013. China has also been building additional icebreakers and is now in the process of building a 30,000-ton displacement nuclear-powered design. It seems that they don't believe in the spew from the Paris Climate Accords either.

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  1. Hope the builder is more competent than the yard that built the Polar Star and the Polar Sea. I feel for the people who have had to crew those two lemons all these years.

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    1. I’m with you on that. I like what I see them doing, but who knows how they’ll turn out.

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  2. I’m doing my bit- riding a yellow bike into cattle! *Saint Jules*

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  3. Ice Breakers are clearly important. I have a good mind to invest in snow mobile stock.

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  4. See, if people had any imagination (and weren't opposed to technological civilization, unlike the Left) we could just orbit a bunch of giant, steerable mirrors. Then we could use them to reduce insolation (cooling the Earth), or increase insolation (warming the Earth), or aim them at icy waters to melt navigable channels (obviating the need for icebreakers), or use them to burn our enemies to death like ants under a magnifying glass (fun!).

    Unfortunately, that doesn't fit in with the current political goals of creating hysteria to justify ending the greatest Golden Age in mankind's history, and returning 99% of the world's population to peasantry.
    -Kle.

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    1. Wait for it to be weaponized...

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    2. Kle, you know that would make a really cool weapon, as Ed suggests. Maybe the Space Command is on it?

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  5. There must be an AOC meme in there somewhere.

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  6. First it the coming ice age, then it's global warming, and now it's back to the ice age again. Maybe there should be an Apocalypse of the Year Club where evry year life will end in another way. Perhaps next year it'll be a collision with a comet, like in Lucifer's Hammer. I'm hoping for zombies. That'll at least give me something to shoot at.

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    1. Imagine if someone was alternating buying and selling stocks (icebreakers, air conditioners) while predicting cold spells then heat waves.

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    2. There really do need to be zombies...but you know it would be a leftist plot to have us burn up our ammo on cannon fodder.

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  7. We need a lot more than we have on the shipways... sigh...

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  8. Very interesting post. And great comments.

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  9. Humph! Usually the only icebreakers that Congress are interested in are those at their cocktail parties.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

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