Signs in Glacier National Park predicting that the park’s glaciers would disappear by 2020 due to global warming have “quietly” been removed since it became apparent that the glaciers were actually growing and would not be gone this year.
Quietly removed, too, was a three-dimensional diorama, a centerpiece of the visitor center at St. Mary, that demonstrated the projected end of glaciers in the park.
Some reports say that computer model projections made in 2000, which claimed the glaciers would be gone by 2020, were “upended” by “higher-than-average snowfall in recent years.” Those conclusions are upheld by a Heartland Institute report that says that Montana has actually been cooling over the past 15 years and that precipitation levels have been increasing since the early 1900s.
While its being reported that the signs are being removed, they are merely being replaced with more nuanced signs that state, “When they completely disappear, however, will depend on how and when we act.”
The rate of replacement is slowed by budget concerns, park administration has stated.
That climate change predictions can be wrong is the point being underscored by critics of a political movement that is pushing to make catastrophic changes to business and industry and future economic dynamics that could negatively impact the standard of living of most people.
The US Geological Survey explained that the 2020 projection came as a result of data that showed the glaciers were melting faster than earlier computer models indicated. Increased snow fall over the recent past slowed that melting process down, they stated.
The glaciers have been slowly melting since the Little Ice Age, 150 years ago, starting out with an estimated 146 glaciers which are now only 26. Glaciers shrank by 70 percent in the park from 1850 to 2015, it is claimed. The USGS still maintains that the glaciers will continue to retreat and will be gone sometime between 2030 and 2080.
Park officials’ snafu was discovered and first reported upon by Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D., founder of Lysander Spooner University. Roots blogged, “Teams from Lysander Spooner University visiting the Park each September have noted that GNP’s most famous glaciers such as the Grinnell Glacier and the Jackson Glacier appear to have been growing—not shrinking—since about 2010. (The Jackson Glacier—easily seen from the Going-To-The-Sun Highway—may have grown as much as 25% or more over the past decade.)”
Since September 2015, Roots has offered to bet anyone $5,000 that GNP’s glaciers will still exist in 2030, in contradiction to the reported scientific consensus. At last report, he has had no takers.
The Heartland Institute recently reported that the average monthly temperatures in Montana have been declining at a pace of 0.4 degrees F each decade, since 2005, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The data reveals that Montana has warmed very little during the past century, and not at all during the past 15 years. “NOAA temperature records show a modest warming trend has occurred in Montana since 1985, at a pace of 0.2 degree Fahrenheit per decade,” but the most accurate and advanced temperature-gathering stations which became operational in 2005, show Montana temperatures have dropped at a pace of 0.4 percent per decade.
That information stands in direct contrast to the assertion of the New York Post, “Annual average temperatures in the park have been rising close to 3-degrees Fahrenheit since 1950”
Montana has been experiencing a modest increase in precipitation since the early 1900s and continues into the new century, according to Heartland Institute.