Following years of heavy snowfall, the National Park Service (NPS) is quietly removing all visitor center signs that declare the glaciers at Glacier National Park, located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, will be gone by the year 2020 due to climate change.
With that doomsday deadline about to come and go in just a few months time, the service is rather sheepishly pulling all ‘2020 signs’ from its displays after the computer models it relied upon from the early 2000s, which convincingly foretold of unending glacial retreat, have turned out to be catastrophically inaccurate.
“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,” said the USGS, which monitors Glacier National Park.
Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D., first noted the signage change in an article for Watts Up With That.
“Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging,” Roots wrote.
“The Park Service is scrambling to remove the signs without their visitors noticing,” Roots posted on his Facebook wall, along with a video showing the sign changes:
Just last year, officials at Glacier National Park were displaying signs and brochures predicting that all glaciers in the Park would disappear by 2020 (or 2030). Now the Park Service is scrambling to remove the signs without their visitors noticing. …
“The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources,” writes Roots. “But no mainstream news outlet has done any meaningful reporting regarding the apparent stabilization and recovery of the glaciers in GNP over the past decade.
“Even local Montana news sources such as The Missoulian, Billings Gazette and Bozeman Daily Chronicle have remained utterly silent regarding this story.”
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