Park Service removes signs saying glaciers to be gone by 2020 and 2030


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The National Park Service has finally recognized reality and removed or changed its displays at Glacier National Park that as recently September 2018 had said that the glaciers would be gone by either 2020 and 2030.

At the same time, the park service is still clinging, quite bitterly if you ask me, to its religious faith in global warming, even though the glaciers in the park have not been shrinking at all in recent years.

The National Park Service (NPS) quietly removed a visitor center sign saying the glaciers at Glacier National Park would disappear by 2020 due to climate change.

As it turns out, higher-than-average snowfall in recent years upended computer model projections from the early 2000s that NPS based its claim glaciers “will all be gone by the year 2020,” federal officials said.

“Glacier retreat in Glacier National Park speeds up and slows down with fluctuations in the local climate,” the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors Glacier National Park, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Those signs were based on the observation prior to 2010 that glaciers were shrinking more quickly than a computer model predicted they would,” USGS said. “Subsequently, larger than average snowfall over several winters slowed down that retreat rate and the 2020 date used in the NPS display does not apply anymore.”

NPS updated signs at the St. Mary Visitor Center glacier exhibit over the winter. Sign changes meant the display warning glaciers would all disappear by 2020 now says: “When they completely disappear, however, will depend on how and when we act.” [emphasis mine]

The highlighted text illustrates the political agenda of the park service, something they have no mandate to have.

If you want to see how stupid the signage was, read my report when Diane and I visited Glacier in summer of 2017. As I wrote then,

The park’s sloppiness and political posturing here however does serve to produce one good, though certainly unintended, result. It helps to discredit the National Park Service’s global-warming activism, which hasn’t been based on good science for quite awhile. It will also help to raise the skepticism of ordinary park visitors, who will either notice the contradictions, or laugh at the absurdity of the prediction that the glaciers will vanish only three years hence.

I guess the park service finally got tired of dealing with the ridicule.

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4 comments

  • Andrew_W

    Computer models (averaged over the range of outputs) never predicted the glaciers at Glacier National Park would be gone by 2030.

  • Andrew_W

    Heck, it even says that in the passages you quote:
    “Those signs were based on the observation prior to 2010 that glaciers were shrinking more quickly than a computer model predicted they would,”

  • Edward

    Andrew_W,
    As you pointed out, it is amazing how the National Park Service made up its own facts in order to politicize a natural phenomenon.

  • pzatchok

    The global warming theory does not stand up to scientific examination. Not real examination.

    The followers believe in it like a new religion. Professors are the new priests. Scientists are the new Cardinals. Politicians are trying to be Leaders of the Laity.

    The only problem is this new religion has no commandants or precepts. Just the overall belief that Man is killing the planet.
    Without commandments or precepts they have devolved into accepting any action as appropriate to reaching their goals. Violence is fine as long as it leads to their ends.
    To gain power and oppress heretics they have aligned themselves with the even more illogical left.

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