HOW MANY YEARS IN A “SEVERAL,” MR. GORE?
Posted by Andrew Roman on December 15, 2009
I believe he has thoroughly bought into the poppycock that human beings have the ability to literally alter climatic patterns on the Earth, and that the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. He has so succumbed to the hysteria, there is nothing – including the coming of another Ice Age – that could sway him otherwise. He believes what he believes, no matter what the data truly reveals. Whatever has to be done to relate the urgency of the matter to the rest of the world, he will make sure it gets done. To him, and the other enviro-fascists, the end always justifies the means.
Think about the “ClimateGate” scandal for a moment. Is there anyone who truly thinks that the overlords of man-made global warming – Phil Jones, Michael Mann, et al – don’t believe in the impending doom of man-made global warming? Does anyone truly believe they are completely faking their belief in the whole thing? That they are making it up? Or is their conviction so deep – so ingrained – that when data is collected that tends not support their doomsday theories, they harbor no guilt or feel no ethical dilemma whatsoever in making whatever adjustments are necessary to help corroborate what they already accept as fact. That the data may not be temporarily cooperating should never keep a good crisis from going to waste.
As certain as Al Gore is that human beings are destroying the planet, regardless of the reality, he still could use a decent fact-checker or continuity director, or at least someone who is willing to stop him before he makes an ass out of himself.
The former Vice-President, while speaking at Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, informed the audience that Arctic ice could be a thing of the past in as little as five years. The world is warming at such a frightening clip, he warned, that the North Pole could be nothing but water in a half-decade’s time.
Hannah Devlin, Ben Webster, Philippe Naughton of the Times Online write:
Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”
However, the climatologist whose work Mr. Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast. “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”
Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.
As one blogger at the Times Online noted: “Antarctica has added nearly two million square miles of ice in the past 30 years. Why is it that Gore never mentions that?”
The fact that Dr. Maslowski publicly embarrassed Gore is one thing. But what immediately struck me about this hyper-gaffe is Gore’s claim that the ice caps will be gone in five to seven years from “ballpark” information he received from Maslowski “several years ago.”
Several years ago?
So, several years ago, the Arctic ice was supposed to be gone in several years?
How many years in a “several”?
Shouldn’t the fact that there is still ice up there “several” years after the fact set off any bells in Gore’s head?
That was a dumb question. Scratch that.