Sunday, December 16, 2007

About that stupid "Northwest Passage" claim

It's really hard to scare people using temperature data like this:

Faced with this reality, climate alarmists very often resort to "scary" anecdotes.

One of the most common of these anecdotes is the one about the fabled Northwest Passage, which allegedly opened up for "the first time in history" in 2007.

The problem with that claim is that it is completely false.

For example, the Northwest Passage was successfully navigated in 1906, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1957, 1969, 1977, 1984, 1988, and 2000.

See this blog post for details and links. also contains a lot of information to debunk this claim.

1 comment:

Corky Boyd said...

I think the error of the "first time opening of the Northwest Passage" stems from the claim the McClure Strait could have been transited in 2007. To the best of my knowledge, it wasn't.

Tne SS Manhattan (a reinforced oil tanker)attempted it in 1969 and failed due to heavy multi-year ice.

If the media had used the phrase, "The first time the Northwest Passage was open via the Mc Clure Strait," they would have been more accurate. Unfortunately the media is not noted for its knowledge or research.