Mr. Gore visits the state of denial

Science is about what can be measured and what can be predicted.

It would be classy if Al Gore paused and took a closer look at the evidence for anthropogenic global warming while looking for new untainted evidence to make his case.

Unfortunately, I don't think Al Gore has been classy since he insisted on a recount in selected counties of Florida instead of the whole state.

Mr. Gore did an opinion piece for The New York Times.

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.

Sure sounds like he's going to make his case again, doesn't it? Let's look at what he says further on.

I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion. But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.

How nice of the eminent Mr. Gore. He's admitted that at least two mistakes were made. Nice touch that, he can always admit to more later.

He doesn't mention that the "evidence" was deliberately manipulated and corrupted, so much so that no conclusions can be drawn from the IPCC report. In fact, most of the raw data can't be produced.

Mr. Gore also conveniently fails to mention what constitutes those "90 million tons of global-warming pollution." Carbon dioxide, for example, is a natural product of animals breathing.

You don't suppose he wants us to stop breathing, do you?

Here are the two paragraphs that are central to his argument.

But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged. It is also worth noting that the panel’s scientists — acting in good faith on the best information then available to them — probably underestimated the range of sea-level rise in this century, the speed with which the Arctic ice cap is disappearing and the speed with which some of the large glacial flows in Antarctica and Greenland are melting and racing to the sea.

Because these and other effects of global warming are distributed globally, they are difficult to identify and interpret in any particular location. For example, January was seen as unusually cold in much of the United States. Yet from a global perspective, it was the second-hottest January since surface temperatures were first measured 130 years ago.

Overwhelming consensus. Except science isn't about consensus. It's about what can be measured and what can be predicted.

Let me emphasize that.

Science is about what can be measured and what can be predicted.

Mr. Gore admits in those two paragraphs that the predictions are wrong and have been wrong. Notice too how the scale of measurement is barely more than a century. And notice how he conveniently overlooks that the temperature data has been compromised, and in some cases comes from fictional weather stations.

If he has new evidence, then by all means let's examine it.

Otherwise, all he's doing is recycling the hot air. Which certainly doesn't do anything for his case.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Mon - March 1, 2010 at 11:38 AM  Tag

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