Global Warming: What Global Warming?

polar ice caps, arctic, glaciers, global warning, global warming, scott pelley
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
NASA says it has pictures showing the shrinkage of the ice cap in the Arctic Ocean from 2004 to 2005. It's no big deal, really — the shrinkage is only the size of the country of Turkey.

Now you and I both know that there's no such thing as global warming — well, OK, the Earth is getting warmer. But that has nothing to do with emissions, right? Because if it did, we could just not make so many and things would get better. The Earth would cool off, and people in Florida could be reasonably certain that their state won't be under water 100 years from now.

Seriously, here's one thing worth noting: The Earth, our Earth, needs ice on the poles to keep a balanced temperature. When there isn't any ice for the sun to bounce off of, the sun just bores into the water — and the water warms up, which melts more ice, and … oh, there's that global warming thing again.

But since it doesn't exist, don't worry about it. It's not a problem, right?

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By Harry Smith