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BY ALEXIS SHAW and MORGAN WHITAKER

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Today we're following President Obama's reaction to the video purporting to show Islamic State militants beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff, the possibility of lobster disappearing from the shores of Maine and -- get ready for it -- a new "Frozen" film.

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gogators1980 September 03 2014 at 2:04 PM

I call BS on this. Lobster prices have been falling to such low levels on the wholesale market, it was destroying the livelihood of the fishermen. What better way to inflate the prices again, than to come up with a bogus crisis?

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waggawagga11 September 03 2014 at 2:15 PM

Here's what is amazing. Just last year, Maine had a bumper crop of lobsters. So many were harvested...that the price for a lobster was the lowest in years. Now.....less than one year later, we are told that the whole world of lobsters is in danger....Something about this story doesn't pass the "sniff test". Of course.....if Media Matters sends out the word to drum up more "global warming" panic....probably because the recent news is that the Arctic Ice has grown by huge amounts ( embarring the liars and socialists on the left who use global temps as a way to control and tax).....so...such bad news for the warming nuts need to be countered with more lies for public consumption. ( By the way...the earth warms...AND cools...and these cycles have gone on for millions of years...even without humans)

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ecj100 waggawagga11 September 03 2014 at 3:08 PM

The Arctic ice has not grown by huge amounts. There has been a little increase, but that is way more than offset by much greater losses in Antarctica and Greenland.

And yes, the Earth's temperature does fluctuates at huge intervals of many thousands of years. It does not, however, change naturally at anywhere near the rate it has done over the last 150 years, and accelerating in the last 50. This is hardly "natural" change.

You also misread the article -- lobsters are not in danger, lobstermen are. The lobsters are merely moving north to still cooler waters in Canada. What are in danger are seabirds such as Puffins, which are dying by the thousands and failing to reproduce because the waters are too warm for their prey.

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scubaeqhp ecj100 September 04 2014 at 2:45 AM

Don't tell me you agree with that false "hockey stick" temperature graph. That has been proven false a hundred times.

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wnagle53 ecj100 September 04 2014 at 7:10 AM

you are one of these typical pablum devouring Americans who lap this nonsense up with a spoon. for starters there are so many lobsters in the Gulf of Maine that they are almost not worth harvesting because the glut in the market is forcing down prices. Second, there is now a record amount of ice cover at both poles, and it is growing. Third, niether you nor these "scientists" have any idea what a "normal" temperature swing (up or down) is.
You people simply like to spew this crap because you think it gives you intellectual superiority over the masses. It doesn't. It merely proves that this "climate change" hokum is just that. Statistics, research, and records are fabricated. This has been proven and exibited time and again. Contrary evidence is simply dismissed, and ignored. This is nothing but a political movement.
It is comparable the Islam / Muslim issue. Simply ignore the facts and stay politically correct.

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rwdrakepi September 03 2014 at 1:57 PM

This will cause the "Global Warmers" to heat up. (pardon the pun) One of the reasons that the Romans wanted the British Isles was because of the very temperate climate that allowed the growing of grapes. It was much warmer than today. The Great Lakes were formed by glaciers. Weather does change because of things other than humans and there is no proof that today's change, if there is one, is caused by us.

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ForgetDC September 03 2014 at 2:06 PM

Excessive regulation by the Feds has driven many watermen out of business the last few years. License fees, reporting requirements, oversight, inspections, fuel costs have added a lot of overhead and administrative tasks to these small businesses and they can't comply.

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caseyhd ForgetDC September 03 2014 at 2:46 PM

Well if that be true then lobster populations should be growing in that region. Not declining. HMMMMMMM

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nobledestrocobra September 03 2014 at 1:49 PM

um, where the f%#)(*#$&*(#%*&%$&(*)k is the article on lobsters? anybody who considers the internot a viable source of information needs to be flogged.

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jmamusicman nobledestrocobra September 03 2014 at 2:07 PM

ESPECIALLY when the Liberals are in control and doing the so-called "reporting"....
Just another mindless, factless article...

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fjasion jmamusicman September 03 2014 at 5:24 PM

You are mindless fools

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patrickliveshere September 03 2014 at 2:09 PM

Where is PETA on this dreadfull loss of lobster life??

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caseyhd patrickliveshere September 03 2014 at 2:47 PM

Dining on lobsters is my guess.

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ecj100 patrickliveshere September 03 2014 at 3:01 PM

There is no loss of lobster life. They have simply moved northwards, to as yet cooler waters in Canada.

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ForgetDC September 03 2014 at 2:03 PM

I suspect this is a short term problem.
Chesapeake Bay temps have been the lowest I remember in 30 years. Fishing in the upper bay has been great this year and also great at the MD Ocean front areas.

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ecj100 ForgetDC September 03 2014 at 3:03 PM

Are you serious? It was just reported that commercial catches this year are way down, and the oxygen-free killing zone much larger than usual.

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ForgetDC September 03 2014 at 2:05 PM

King Salmon are in decline in some of the Alaska Rivers but are thriving in other areas on the Pacific Northwest. This is a normal fluctuation back and forth between the largest rivers in that region.

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ecj100 ForgetDC September 03 2014 at 3:02 PM

King Salmon have nothing to do with lobsters, and in any event it is hardly natural fluctuation.

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Velocity105 September 03 2014 at 1:35 PM

Ha ha, don't want to admit or do anything about global warming? Reap the benefits of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxides in the atmosphere creating it. Someday seafood will disappear from the menus of American restaurants because the oceans will be fished out and what's left (like the water itself) will be too polluted with mercury and PVC by-products to eat.

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vmscahill September 03 2014 at 2:20 PM

Making a reference to the beheading of an American citizen to the lack of lobster is in the WORST possible taste. What WERE you THINKING??? And WHY am I still an AOL MEMBER? Oh, wait, as of right now, I am no longer.

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