Tuesday, March 13, 2007

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

From the Associated Press:

MINNEAPOLIS - A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite. The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.

Serves them right for not packing enough carbon offset credits in their luggage.

The explorers had planned to call in regular updates to school groups by satellite phone, and had planned online posts with photographic evidence of global warming. In contrast to Bancroft's 1986 trek across the Arctic with fellow Minnesota explorer Will Steger, this time she and Arnesen were prepared to don body suits and swim through areas where polar ice has melted.

Well, there's a whole bunch of kids who will just have to wait for the next available indoctrination session. So sad.

Atwood said there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures.


And today's money quote, brought to you by the Department of Being a Liberal Means Always Having an Out:

"They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Atwood said. "But one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability."

Tell that to your prophet, Algor.