Skip to comments.Al Gore’s snow job
Posted on 02/04/2011 6:46:29 PM PST by Clive
Al Gore has whipped up another blizzard of controversy by arguing global warming climate change, if you prefer causes more snow.
Challenged by Fox News Bill OReilly to explain why southern New York (and, for that matter, large parts of North America and Europe) looks like the tundra this winter, Gore responded on his blog by quoting approvingly from a year-old column by the Chicago Tribunes Clarence Page, commenting on last winters severe weather and heavy snowfall in parts of the United States.
To wit: In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: Cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow. A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.
The observation that higher temperatures can lead to more snow and many other weather phenomena is accurate.
But claiming one can determine whether any single weather event, or events even over several seasons are caused by global versus regional warming, cow farts versus car exhaust, or natural causes versus man-made ones, isnt.
As for Gore, if, as he argues, climate scientists have predicted for decades that global warming would make snowstorms more severe and lead to colder winters, why was there no mention of this in his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth?
It portrayed global warming exclusively as a phenomenon of steadily rising temperatures, expanding deserts, retreating glaciers and deadly heat waves. (Ironically, severe cold has always posed the greater threat to human life.)
If climate scientists have long warned that global warming will lead to bigger snowstorms and colder winters, then Gore and his advisers clearly decided to sacrifice accuracy for the sake of dramatization or, if you prefer, propaganda in An Inconvenient Truth.
Perhaps they thought linking global warming to colder weather and more snow would confuse people.
The problem is when people now hear from Gore that virtually any weather phenomenon cold snaps or heat waves, harsh or mild winters is linked to global warming, many understandably become skeptical.
To be fair, OReillys premise that one big snowstorm, or harsh winter, or a series of them, discredits the theory of man-made global warming, is inaccurate.
A common tactic employed by Fox News commentators and many Republicans, it comes from deliberately confusing weather with climate.
The real concern here is better explained by Page in the piece from which Gore selectively and approvingly quoted, perhaps without reading it to the end.
To where Page wrote: I dont necessarily agree with all of the alarm that Gore has expressed on climate change. Nor do I disagree with all of the skeptics, who question how much climate change is caused by human activities Public skepticism about climate change is healthy, if it is based on good scientific research.
Page notes the real problem is that far too much of the debate about climate change today is based solely on peoples politics.
So true on all sides.
Lorrie Goldstein ping.
If we were having less snowfall and warmer weather, the Algorians would be attributing that to global warming too, and without the embarrassment that comes with claiming warmer temperatures means more snowfall. The bottom line is, no matter what the weather, to the Algorians it is caused by AGW.
If we had some global warming.....
If global cooling is happening right now, who would tell us?
Ah, the discredited sexual predator speaks!
I have shoveled 250,000 pounds of global warming this winter out of my driveway. My car needs a periscope to back out into the street and safely get through intersections.
Around next Wed-Thur the upper and mid ms valley should be at or well below zero. Maybe Al can give us another tweet.
Wrong is right
Hot is cold
Down is up
Warming makes snow...
Al Gore is truly delusional, but he’s not alone.
Algore (the Kook) doesn't 'argue' anything at all ... he pontificates, puts a finger in both ears, and then walks away singing "Laa-Laa-Laa-Laa-Laa" .....
Scary that this kook came to within a few hundred votes of becoming POTUS
January was a cold month globally, so there’s no way the bad snowstorms of the last few weeks can be linked to warming. See www.drroyspencer.com for the latest global temperature records.
Not only did Al Gore not make any mention of snow storms and cold waves in his movie he graphically showed that rising sea levels would soon inundate America’s coasts. However, Gore recently bought a seaside mansion in California. If you were a true believer in rising sea levels why would you buy a $9 million seaside mansion?
Liberals are just plain stupid.
Nice post. Thanks.
Never mind whether Mr. Page's sources might be credible or not (I'm not going to bother to try to look up Page's column), I think it's bizarre for Algore to cite Clarence Page as a reference for his (Gore's) junk science!
Snow is good. Makes it easier to track ManBearPig. His hoofprints stand out more.