In his latest column, which is about polar bears or something, Andrew Bolt quote mines the NSIDC:
And ssshhh. Don’t mention that the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre says the extent of Arctic ice is in fact “greater than this time last year”.
That quote was brutally ripped from its context on this page, which says:
Arctic sea ice still on track for extreme melt …
Although ice extent is slightly greater than this time last year, the average decline rate through the month of May was 8,000 square kilometers per day (3,000 square miles per day) faster than last May. Ice extent as the month closed approached last May’s value.
And this month it’s been running neck and neck with last year’s melt.
And this page at the NSIDC gives you an idea of just how extraordinary the melt was last year. Just look at the graph:
And the NSIDC reckons were on track to beat the 2007 melt. Did Bolt’s quote fairly represent the NSIDC’s view on Arctic ice?
And I think we can be sure that Bolt will never tell his readers what NSIDC scientists think of An Inconvenient Truth:
[NSIDC scientist Ted Scambos]: I think An Inconvenient Truth does an excellent job of outlining the science behind global warming and the challenges society faces in the coming century because of it.