CNN published an article yesterday attempting to raise alarm about climate change by asserting – wait for it – the Arctic is getting greener and that is a bad thing. The article, titled, “The Arctic is getting hotter, greener, and less icy much faster than expected, reports finds,” turns the whole “green is good” mantra on its head.

The article cites a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming temperatures have warmed in the Arctic during the past 20 years, even though NOAA’s best temperature network in the lower 48 states reports no warming during essentially the same time span.

“Further south in the US’s lower 48, we can handle a change of a couple of degrees in air temperature,” CNN quotes NOAA bureaucrat James Overland. By claiming the Arctic cannot “handle” a couple degrees of warming, Overland asserts more life-giving vegetation is bad and more barren icescapes are good.

Sorry, CNN and government bureaucrats, Greener landscapes, more plant life, and more wildlife are good, even if humans play a role in creating them.

James Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland's Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.


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