Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Scientists Flunk Gore
Tom Harris, of the National Post in Canada, takes on former VP Al Gore and his mock-u-mentary on the climate in a recent (June 7) column. Harris interviews and quotes experts in the related fields of climatology, paleogeophysics, of insects and infectious diseases, and physics and atmospheric science. What these experts have to say about Gore's conclusions is remarkable. Basically, they refer to his film as "science fiction."
Some of the quotes from this article:
- "I can assure Mr. Gore that no one from the South Pacific islands has fled to New Zealand because of rising seas. In fact, if Gore consults the data, he will see it shows sea level falling in some parts of the Pacific." -- Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor, University of Auckland, N.Z.
- "Prairie droughts have been occurring for hundreds of years. The 13th and 16th century saw some of the severest and longest droughts ever on Canadian/American prairies." -- Former Environment Canada research scientist and Extreme Weather specialist Dr. Madhav Khandekar.
- Referring to all oceans except the Atlantic - "In all other six ocean basins where tropical cyclones occur, there is either a flat or a downward trend." -- Hurricane specialist Tad Murty, former senior research scientist Department of Fisheries and Oceans and now adjust professor of Earth sciences at U of O.
- "Gore is completely wrong here -- malaria has been documented at an altitude of 2,500 meters -- Nairobi and Harare are at altitudes of about 1,500 meters. The new altitudes of malaria are lower than those recorded 100 years ago. None of the "30 so-called new diseases" Gore references are attributable to global warming, none." -- Dr. Paul Reiter, professor, Institut Pasteur, unit of insects and infectious diseases, Paris, comments on Gore's belief that Nairobi and Harare were founded just above the mosquito line to avoid malaria and how the mosquitoes are now moving to higher altitudes.
- "The MPB (mountain pine beetle) is a species native to this part of North America and is always present. The MPB epidemic started as comparatively small outbreaks and through forest management inaction got completely out of hand." -- Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, B.C., comments on Gore's belief that the mountain pine beetle is an "invasive exotic species" that has become a plague due to fewer days of frost.
As is typical of our favorite prep school flunky, Al Gore never lets facts get in the way of his version of the truth. Now, he wants to train 1,000 fellow flunkies to carry his message to the world. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060613/en_nm/environment_gore_dc)
Speaking of fellow flunkies, Former President, and admitted liar, Bill Clinton just couldn't let Gore get all of the attention. An Associated Press story on Breitbart.com claims Clinton is blaming the Republicans for the serious spate of hurricanes that have hit Florida over the last 22 months. (http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/06/12/D8I6VEOO4.html)
Hmm. If only Billy Boy had signed the Kyoto agreement none of this would be happening. NOT.
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