While it's not California's tallest mountain, the tongues of ice creeping down Shasta's volcanic flanks give the solitary mountain another distinction. Its seven glaciers, referred to by American Indians as the footsteps made by the creator when he descended to Earth, are the only historical glaciers in the continental U.S. known to be growing.
With global warming causing the retreat of glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere in the Cascades, Mt. Shasta is actually benefiting from changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean.
"When people look at glaciers around the world, the majority of them are shrinking," said Slawek Tulaczyk, an assistant professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "These glaciers seem to be benefiting from the warming ocean."
Sorry...that loud piercing sound you just heard was my global warming bullshit detector going off.
So the AP (and no, screw you AP, I am not paying you for your material...send me a freakin' bill) claims that global warming is the cause for MORE ice, and the most qualified scientist they can find to back this claim is some assistant professor at the most liberal college in California?
Yeah, yeah...he is totally qualified because this yutz has been studying ice his entire life. Anyone want to hazard a guess at whether Slawek has been receiving any global warming grant money?
I mean, Slawek, do you actually have any data to back that stupid claim up (other than ice is growing on Mt. Shasta, and we know that our earth is warming, so it MUST be benefiting from it), or did you just pull that theory out of your ass?
I mean, what else could have changed his tune from back in 2002 when he and his partner were mystified at Mt. Shasta's refusal to let manmade global warming reduce its glaciers?
Authored by Ian Joughin, a geologist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and Slawek Tulaczyk, a professor of earth sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz, the study found that the ice sheet is gaining 26.8 billions tons of ice a year.
Much like Doran, Joughin sounded almost regretful about his scientific findings, recognizing that it contradicts the global warming orthdoxy.
"It could be this part of the ice sheet is not necessarily sensitive to global warming," he said.
Or better yet, it could be that you're just full of shit.