During the second term of the Bush Administration, American spy satellites with a resolution of 1 meter took pictures of the Arctic region (among other places) that went on to show the dramatic reduction in Arctic sea ice in a multi-year period. Because of their spy satellite origins, the Bush Administration deemed these pictures to be sensitive and classified to the general public. A request by scientists to release the photographs because of their potential scientific value in studying the effects of global warming was granted on July 16th. Those released pictures, available here, show the continued dramatic decline in the Arctic ice cap. One of the most striking images was from the village of Barrow, Alaska, seen here:
What was once a vast sheet of ice only miles off of the Barrow coastline in 2006 entirely disappeared in 2007, with a presumably wide open view of the Arctic Ocean opening up to the Barrow coastline. This just confirms other research that shows while the average extent of sea ice in the summers of 1979 – 2000 was mere dozens of miles from the Alaskan coast, but since the year 2000 have retreated away from the coast by hundreds of miles. The cool summer being expierenced here in the Great Lakes aside, Global Warming remains alive and well. On the bright side at least we now have an administration in power in America that doesn’t deny its existence.
House leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) believes that the rumors of Democrat infighting over health care reform are actually overblown and that Obama’s plan will be passed:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will pass legislation to overhaul the U.S. health-care system through her chamber even as members of her own Democratic Party expressed skepticism after days of discord and delays.
“When I take this bill to the floor, it will win,” Pelosi said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program that aired today. “This will happen.”
Score another one for religion creating nuts:
SAN ANTONIO — Police say they found a 3 1/2-week-old infant stabbed and decapitated in a Texas home, and his mother screaming that she killed her son after the devil told her to do it.
San Antonio police said 33-year-old Otty Sanchez was taken to a local hospital with self-inflicted stab wounds to her chest and stomach. Police spokesman Joe Rios said Otty will be charged with capital murder.
Not too many people earn the death penalty. This one does.