1: White areas are land-based ice. North Pole is at the Center
(click for larger version).
New York Times
We should ignore
Al Gore’s bizarre Op-Ed in, where else, the
New York Times, but it needs analysis because it includes
all the standard errors that entrap and confuse most people.
It also exposes
him as a real hypocrite in his own words. The title “We can’t
wish away Climate change” illustrates how little Gore knows
or understands. No, we can’t wish it away because it has and
will always exist.
Change Is Normal
years ago massive glaciers covered much of North America, Europe
and Asia. Figure 1 shows most of the ice covering the land of the
Most of the
ice melted in about 8,000 years, a melt that does not correlate
with CO2 levels at all. Sea level was some 500 feet lower at peak
of ice extent. Current climate change is well within normal patterns.
Gore is also
confused about global warming, which has generally occurred for
18,000 years as the Earth emerged from the last Ice Age into the
current Interglacial. In the 18,000 years the overall trend was
up but there were prolonged periods of cooling. The world cooled
from the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) around 1000 AD to a low in 1680
AD during the Little Ice Age. The world has generally warmed since
1680, which few have denied. The issue is the cause and nothing
supports the claim it is CO2.
In case you
accept that climate change and global warming are normal, Gore has
another fear – national security: “we need to deal with
the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global
oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable
region of the world”. But US dependence on foreign sources
is a self inflicted wound that began with the military oil reserve
set asides made after WWII, and aggravated by anti-nuclear campaigns
and unnecessary excessive regulations in the name of environmentalism.
And if that
fear doesn’t persuade you, he has a third. “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. He cleverly doesn’t mention
CO2 but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says
it caused all warming since 1950. CO2 is not a pollutant and is
essential to life; its designation as such is part of the entire
strategy of undermining industrialized nations. This paragraph starts
with Gore’s wish that the climate crisis were an illusion.
It is an illusion, as anyone who understands the science realizes,
an illusion outlined and colored by the corrupt scientists of the