Aussie warmists on missions to prove global warming exists have a habit of needing to be rescued

With the rescue of the Ship of Fools underway it is perhaps timely to re-visit the story of another warmist who needed rescuing from the ice.

Back in 2010 it was Tom Smitheringale who needed rescuing as global warming bit him on the arse. Along with a few others.

TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he’s another alarmist with frostbite.

The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he’d raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: “Part of the reason Tom’s One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps.”

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: “Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!”

But Antarctica isn’t melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 1997.

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help. 

And last week he had to be rescued by Canadian soldiers after falling through the ice sheet.

“(I) came very close to the grave,” he said, on being flown out.

This is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It’s a metaphor.

Last year it was British eco-explorer Pen Hadow and his two-person team who had to be flown out mid-stunt, after battling brutal sub-zero weather conditions that gave the team’s photographer frostbite.

The year before, eco-adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh was similarly thwarted.

He’d planned to kayak 1200km to the North Pole to raise awareness of how global warming had allegedly melted the ice sheet so badly that scientists warned the North Pole that summer could be ice-free.

No such luck. Pugh had to pull out, still 1000km from the finish, when a great barrier of sea ice blocked his route.

The year before gave even more farcical entertainment.

“Explorers and educators” Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen said they were off on what reporters described as “a historic 75-day expedition to the North Pole and beyond to raise awareness of global warming’s impact on the fragile Arctic”.

It turned out that what was fragile was not the Arctic but the alarmists, who had to call off their big trip not long after it started, when Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold drained their batteries.

Explained a spokesman: “They were experiencing temperatures that weren’t expected with global warming.


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  • dumbshit

    it is just a matter of time before a rescuer loses their life, that will still not be accepted as their fault though

  • caochladh

    Why not take them at their word and leave them there until the ice melts.

  • LesleyNZ

    The fools might not be rescued after all. NZ Herald still not reporting on dumb this expedition is.
    Antarctic rescue delayed again –

  • AnonWgtn

    Arseholes – the lot of them.
    But some taxpayers and other mugs are paying for these trips.
    How much New Zealand Taxpayers contributing to the Russian Ships Australian New Zealand expedition vessel that is about to be crunched to the bottom.
    I understand that DOC and Waikato University -sic – are paying staff and others to go on these trips.

    • GazzW

      There’s more than a hint of ‘junket’ about this. The NZ & Aussie media refer to the scientists on board which indicates that it is a serious scientific expedition. The European media refers to passengers on board which would indicate that it is a ‘soft adventure’ cruise. What precisely is going on here? Who chartered the ship – the Aussie government? Or is it a commercial charter to make money? Either way we need to know why NZ taxpayer funds have been used.

    • David Moore

      The Aussie government funded it to the tune of $1.5m. The ABC ran an article before it got into trouble calling it Australia’s largest antarctic expedition.

      All references to this stopped the moment it got into trouble. The coverage of this thing has been very fishy indeed. One news report even called it a tourist vessel, which is actually closer to the truth that I suspect was intended,

  • timemagazine

    The news is getting better everyday.

  • GregM

    The whole thing is soo hilarious. The only bit that pisses me off is the MSM calling them tourists. They are not. They are academics and activists, that once again the long suffering taxpayer is propping up, and now will have to pay to rescue them from themselves. Fucking numpties.

    • Patrick

      Exactly, tourists pay their own way, i suspect these leeches are on the public tit

    • cows4me

      I heard a news report this afternoon that reported many were on the ship to study the effects of global warming. I would pay good money to pull up to these retards and laugh my arse off.

  • SteveWrathall
  • cows4me

    They are like fucking Lemmings, long may this sort of tomfoolery continue. Like when the muzzies go to Mecca once in their lives perhaps these AGW fruitcakes can be encouraged to make a holy pilgrimage to the north pole once in their lives.

    • ex-JAFA

      One way. Set up a hemp farm in the balmy polar weather.

  • Custard

    The last sentence sums it up. The real scientist at places like CERN must be cringing when they read that title being used for people who are mildly interested in forestry intercourse (university staff and the likes of john Minto).

  • Never in the dark…..

    Stupid is, as stupid does