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Climate change lie continues to fall apart. This time, it’s the polar bears . . .

Posted: August 5, 2011 at 3:57 am   /   by

They’re fine!

Okay, that’s not exactly what this article says. Rather, one of the (so-called) scientists who created the polar bear hysteria is being investigated for “integrity” issues:

Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement.

Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.

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According to documents provided by Ruch’s group, which sat in on investigators’ interviews with Monnett, the questioning focused on observations that he and researcher Jeffrey Gleason made in 2004.

At the time, they were conducting an aerial survey of bowhead whales, and saw four dead polar bears floating in the water after a storm. There were other witnesses, according to Ruch, and low-resolution photos show floating white blobs.

Monnett and Gleason detailed their observations in an article published two years later in the journal Polar Biology. In the peer-reviewed article, they said they were reporting, to the best of their knowledge, the first observations of the bears floating dead and presumed drowned while apparently swimming long distances.

Polar bears are considered strong swimmers, they wrote, but long-distance swims may exact a greater metabolic toll than standing or walking on ice in better weather.

They said their observations suggested the bears drowned in rough seas and high winds. They also added that the findings “suggest that drowning-related deaths of polar bears may increase in the future if the observed trend of regression of pack ice and/or longer open water periods continues.”

The article and presentations drew national attention and helped make the polar bear a symbol for the global warming movement. Former vice president and climate change activist Al Gore mentioned the animal in his Oscar-winning global warming documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” READ THE WHOLE THING

So there’s that. But here’s why I’m telling you that the polar bears, as a species, are fine. Here’s the logical argument:

Premise 1. The Medieval Warming Period (what used to be called the Medieval Climate Optimum before warmth, open seaways, and abundant crops became a bad thing) was significantly warmer than now.

Premise 2. The polar bear did not evolve after the Medieval Warming Period.

Conclusion: The polar bear survived the Medieval Warming Period.

And I’m not even a scientist.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Climate change lie continues to fall apart. This time, it's the polar bears . . .