Only The New York Times
We should ignore Al Gores 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 cant wish away Climate change illustrates how little Gore knows or understands. No, we cant wish it away because it has and will always exist.
Climate Change Is Normal
Just 20,000 years ago massive glaciers covered much of North America, Europe and Asia. Figure 1 shows most of the ice covering the land of the Northern Hemisphere.
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.
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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.
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Exploitation of Fear
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 doesnt 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 doesnt 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 Gores 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 CRU/IPCC.
March 8, 2010