Snow job: Gore channels liberal columnist as proof of global warming fueled blizzards

Dr. Ryan N. Maue

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Time to build another igloo, this time in Oklahoma:  Al Gore finally responds to a question about global warming fueled snowstorms, and who does he cite?  Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune, not a climate scientist but someone self-described as having a scientific education commensurate with the old “Watch Mr. Wizard” TV show and a subscription to “Popular Mechanics”.  This is lame to say the least.  The link on Gore’s blog goes back to a Clarence Page article from February 14, 2010, on the heels of the two major snowstorms:

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.

Compare with this with Dr. Michio Kaku’s explanation from last week:

“…Of course, this means only that global warming is consistent with the monster storms hitting the Northeast, not that it is the only definitive factor.”

And as the Earth continues to heat, it means that there will be more moisture in the air to possibly drive more monster storms and hurricanes, simultaneously with droughts and hot spells. So we might expect more unusual, bizarre weather patterns in the future.”

Neither Clarence Page of Dr. Kaku cite a peer-reviewed paper that definitively shows a link between the posited increasing blizzard frequency or intensity due to human-caused global warming, but resort to a hand-wavy, thought-experiment that uses the phrase “completely consistent with” and “all sorts of havoc” causing warmcold and drywet.  Why doesn’t Al Gore cite the vast body of scientific research over the past 20-years that has been warning of that global warming “could” make snowstorms more severe — specific scientific papers that have directly attributed the recent snowfall changes to AGW — not El Nino or La Nina or the PDO or the rest of the alphabet soup of climate oscillations?

Instead, you cut and paste from a liberal columnist and talk show pundit.  For some reason, I doubt Bill O’Reilly is going to fall for that one.  This is called “spinning” or a “snow-job”.

Just an open question to those that have a scientific IQ much higher than Al Gore and Clarence Page:  are we even sure of the sign of the change in extratropical cyclone (including blizzards and other midlatitude storms) frequency or intensity?  How many decades will it be before we can detect these changes and over what geographical area?

During Northern Hemisphere winter, the planet Earth is climatologically as cold as it gets in January and February due to the preponderance of land versus ocean coverage.  The average global near-surface air temperature during the past 30-years on February 1st is 13C, compared to well over 16C during July and August.  When averaged out during the entire annual cycle or calendar year, the temperature is about 14.4-14.6C depending on who you ask.  The largest changes in winter temperatures have been with warmer night-time lows, for whatever reason.

When the air is super cold like in Havre Montana last night (-42F), it carries next to no water vapor. That’s the air mass that will follow behind the current blizzard — underneath a 1050 mb Arctic high pressure — which is causing the strong winds due to the pressure gradient with the storm.  Ahead of the storm and the warm front, temperatures are in the 50s and 60s from Louisiana to Virginia and the Carolinas, which isn’t destroying any record highs.  This blizzard could have a helluva lot worse in terms of atmospheric dynamics — and moisture since the Gulf of Mexico and Tropical Pacific sea-surface temperatures (the source region for this so-called global warming moisture), are of course anomalously cold due to La Nina

Compare the actual Sea-Surface Temperatures between 2011 with 2010 and 2009 and 2008…that’s “climate change” I can believe in…

But just wait for next week as the entire Northern Hemisphere sinks further into the deep-freeze

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66 Responses to Snow job: Gore channels liberal columnist as proof of global warming fueled blizzards

  1. Jimmy Haigh says:

    Common sense falsifies CAGW.

  2. Mike B says:

    Ah, yes if only the heat of the dust bowl of the 1930′s would return, then everyone would believe us. Surly that would be absolute proof of global warming that none could dispute! Nothing that intense could be natural, right? (what Al Gore and all the other alarmists are hoping for)

  3. Stephen Wilde says:

    The sheer scale of natural variability seems to be incomprehensible for many but in fact it just all boils down to a shift of the air circulations overhead. Going from one side of a jetstream to another for a period of time gives a huge change in climate regionally.

    The same for regions that move closer to or further from the subtropical highs or the ITCZ.

    That is all that climate change is. The absolute global temperature matters hardly at all and is not discernible day to day. The Earth cares not a jot whether from time to time there is a bit more energy in the oceans or the air. Natural forces will swamp human influences (globally) at will.

  4. latitude says:

    Al is hoping that no one can tell the difference between an anomoly map, and a temperature map.
    That air coming down from the arctic is way below freezing, I’m sure it’s just loaded in moisture.

    If it were warmer, we would be calling it rain……….

  5. P Walker says:

    I doubt that Mr. Gore actually reads scientific papers .
    What really gets me is that these so called experts act as though it has never snowed before .

  6. Frank K. says:

    Debunking Al Gore = Shooting Fish in a Barrel…

  7. INGSOC says:

    I thought I’d try and find some of Dr Kaku’s appearances on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell, but the sheer volume of crank stuff is too great to post here! Instead, I will simply recommend Binging for michio kaku on coast to coast am. Dr Kaku likes to talk about crazy things! I have no problem with him talking about another crazy thing. I’d be happy if he were to be the new face of AGW. He’s a rich target.

  8. R. Shearer says:

    And I thought it was his Chakra.

  9. David says:

    I am starting to see the light on global warming. This is a winter from hell.

  10. It's always Marcia, Marcia says:

    What does science matter to the global warmers??

  11. Al Gored says:

    I had a dream and Mr. Potatohead said that CO2 causes everything.

    So, that settles that.

    And now that this has been ‘published’ here it is available as evidence.

  12. rbateman says:

    “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.“

    Is there an AGW mouthpiece somewhere who has bothered to explain exactly how this Warming causes Cooling?
    Because they did NOT predict this.
    They said “Snowstorms would become a thing of the past”.
    That’s what they predicted.
    Al Gore has the market cornered for hot air predictions.

  13. rbateman says:

    David says:
    February 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    I am starting to see the light on global warming. This is a winter from hell.

    Yup.

  14. richard verney says:

    O/T but interesting. The Daily Mail are running an article to the effect that the UK’s CO2 emissions were down by 9% in 2009 due to the financial crisis/recession. See

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352521/Greenhouse-gas-emissions-drop-9-Britons-use-fuel-energy-recession.html

    Presumably there will be a similar trend in CO2 emissions from other industrialised countries, such as the US and many European countries. The article does not say how the figures fared in 2010 but at least as far as the UK was concerned there was little economic growth such that one would expect 2010 levels to be down by a broadly similar amount (probably not quite such a reduction).

    This is interesting since if this is wide spread, presumably there should be some trace of this in the Mauna Loa measurements if these measurements are truly measuring the effects of manmade emissions as opposed to CO2 emissions from natural sources. It would be interesting to see some analysis of all this data (extended world wide).

  15. paulhan says:

    This won’t be any comfort to anyone suffering the effects, but I wonder if the higher incidence of these extreme events is caused by the transition from warming to cooling.

    One often sees this in financial markets where there is an increase in volatility around the inflection point between bear markets and bull markets and vice-versa. Once the bear or bull market is established, volatility goes down. They are both quasi-chaotic systems, so it’s plausible.

    [ryanm: what is the metric for extreme events? who is measuring this, and who decides what is extreme. a rigorous statistical definition would be preferable, though the variability of climate and weather on a variety of time scales makes this most difficult]

  16. latitude says:

    David says:
    February 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    I am starting to see the light on global warming. This is a winter from hell.
    =================================================
    David, it all makes perfect sense

    The world economy tanked, so the US and UK produced slightly less CO2.
    China and India produced a lot more….

    …which proves that they were right all along.

    It’s that nasty capitalist CO2 that did it ;-D

  17. MarkG says:

    “Of course, this means only that global warming is consistent with the monster storms hitting the Northeast, not that it is the only definitive factor”

    EVERYTHING is consistent with ‘Global Warming’; that’s precisely why ‘Global Warming’ has nothing to do with science.

  18. Doubleplusungood says:

    This looks like ManBearPig central.

  19. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    What else could Al Gore say but it’s global warming?

  20. Smokey says:

    Amino Acids in Meteorites,

    True dat. He owns that lie.

  21. GaryP says:

    If there are two more big snowstorms, Al should consider changing his name and quietly moving far, far away. Am I the only one who thinks of Al and Exodus 22:18 every time I shovel out the driveway?

  22. Mike says:

    So good to hear from Big Al again. Really missed him.

  23. TomRude says:

    On yahoo news: “The system that stretched more than 2,000 miles across a third of the country promised to leave in its aftermath a chilly cloak of teeth-chattering cold, with temperatures in the single digits or lower.”

    Yep, the cold is a clear signature of global warming! ;-)

  24. paulhan says:

    ryanm: what is the metric for extreme events? who is measuring this, and who decides what is extreme. a rigorous statistical definition would be preferable, though the variability of climate and weather on a variety of time scales makes this most difficult

    Fair point, Ryan. I don’t have a robust statistical metric. It is subjectively based on about three years of regularly reading WUWT and other blogs, and years before of an interest in weather and climate.

    We do seem to have had a lot of precipitation over the last year, more than a few records broken in temperatures, and a lot of “unprecedenteds”. And yet none of them in the same general direction, i.e. indicating definitive warming or cooling.

    It could just be the increased focus on weather events, or it could be me adding 2+2 and getting 5.

  25. Theo Goodwin says:

    This weather is not a big deal. I would not call it unusual. If anything, Al Gore should be saying that global warming causes normal weather. Like a stopped clock that is right twice a day, he would be at the moment of truth.

  26. bikermailman says:

    “warmcold and drywet.” Sounds straight out of MinTruth to me. And that 14 degree temp in Lubbock, just west of there we only hit 12. Chill factors well below zero all day, as your trusty mailman can attest to. :D But at least the sun was out for a while!

  27. wes george says:

    Weather is not climate unless it confirms the AGW mythology. So why not make-believe all weather is AGW-confirming?

    Here in Australia the BoM and CSIRO assured us for the last decade that Australia would increasingly experience drought. No need to build dams or levies because our rivers would rarely or never flood again. Our biggest river system, the Murray-Darling, might never even reach the sea again. Our major cities might have to be abandoned due to lack of water. Economic and population growth should cease. Taxes and the price of energy should soar to fund a Green economic miracle of negative growth and reduced prosperity for all but those riding the government gravy train.

    Brisbane, basically a semi-tropical paradise, was frightened into building a now useless desalination plant rather than dams even though big untapped rivers flows are close at hand. So was Melbourne.

    Naturally, the drought broke, as it always has in the past, with our biggest wet season since the 1970′s. Brisbane flooded in part because hydro-engineering projects were stopped by Green pressure groups and forecasts of endless drought. And all that fresh water now flows unhindered, unused back to the ocean carrying half the household contents of Brisbane with it.

    So now the new meme out of our shameless Green leaders is that big wets and floods are caused by AGW too. Or more precisely by coaling mining. That’s right, didn’t you know coaling mining causes it to rain every time?

    Bob Brown, our Green Party leader, actually said that coaling mining in Australia directly caused the January floods.

    So it comes as little surprise that global warming causes cooling and snow. It makes perfect sense. Even though before 2010, AGW was so denuding the Earth of snow, English children might grow up never knowing the stuff ever existed. Times and the weather have changed. Memories are short, they hope.

    Our Green elites really do believe that we, the people, are too stupid or timid to see through their self-serving obfuscation.

    God, I can hardly wait for the next election.

  28. Paul Jackson says:

    Anything and everything that happens weather wise is due to Apocalyptic Global Warming and like any other Apocalypticism, when the predictions fail, they just push the date back a bit, and have another go at it.

  29. littlepeaks says:

    Al Gore doesn’t have to cite any stinkin’ peer reviewed study. He’s a Nobel Prize winner.

  30. HK says:

    I will start thinking the alarmists have some credibility when they start saying “you won’t be able to notice the difference in your weather”.

    For example, assume the warming trend is a linear 1.0 C per 100 years, so the next 20 years would be 0.2 C. In Hong Kong the “Mean maximum” for 1971-2000 for August 4th is 31.2. The number for August 7th is 31.4.

    If a warmist says that the next 20 years’ warming amounts to the difference in temperature between a few days which are impossible for any individual to tell apart, then I’ll start to think that he is not exaggerating the impact.

  31. bikermailman says:

    littlepeaks says:
    February 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm
    Al Gore doesn’t have to cite any stinkin’ peer reviewed study. He’s a Nobel Prize winner.

    Next thing you’ll be telling us is that Dear Leader deserves that Nobel for peace in Egypt.

  32. Mike says:

    The idea that because a newspaper columnist didn’t give a list of peer reviewed references shows that such research does not exist is bizarre.

    [You can promote SS when it lists WUWT on its sidebar. ~dbs]

    [ryanm: bizarre? in the most recent "consensus" on tropical cyclones (Knutson et al. 2010) that appeared in Nature Geosciences, a large group of TC scientists wrote that AGW changes in the TC record will not likely appear for maybe several decades. Furthermore, AGW evidence of current effects was not distinguishable from natural variability. So, if Tropical Cyclones are not exhibiting characteristic changes due to global warming, why would extratropical cyclones? Skeptical Science's Hurricane Section is about 3-years out of date, biased, and incomplete. It should be deleted and completely replaced with something more coherent. Now that's some bizarre interpretation of cyclone science on there...]

  33. Paul Deacon says:

    paulhan says:
    February 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    This won’t be any comfort to anyone suffering the effects, but I wonder if the higher incidence of these extreme events is caused by the transition from warming to cooling.

    One often sees this in financial markets where there is an increase in volatility around the inflection point between bear markets and bull markets and vice-versa. Once the bear or bull market is established, volatility goes down. They are both quasi-chaotic systems, so it’s plausible.

    [ryanm: what is the metric for extreme events? who is measuring this, and who decides what is extreme. a rigorous statistical definition would be preferable, though the variability of climate and weather on a variety of time scales makes this most difficult]

    I am inclined to agree with paulhan. In the financial markets there is (or at least was) a type of analyst known as a “chartist”, who tracks the behaviour of markets based on charts (visible patterns), and makes predictions based on the similarity of current charts to past charts. Ryan – in this respect they are forecasters of the Piers Corbyn type, they do not pretend to know all the causes, but they have a good understanding of the patterns and the conjunctions that produce them.

    The past 15 years of satellite data (UAH global temps for example) might be recognised by such a chartist as a classic “head and shoulders” pattern, which in the financial markets would be the prelude to a drop. In the financial markets there are a number of classic precursors of a big drop; these include periods of increasing turnover combined with static prices, followed by increasing volatility (in both directions). A chartist might say that we are at such a point with global temps.

    It is also fair to say that chartists are not always taken seriously within the financial markets. I heard of one market participant in London who ran an index based on the direction (up or down) in which the nipples of the girl pictured on page 3 of The Sun (a tabloid newspaper) were pointing. It outperformed the market.

    However, like Piers Corbyn (for whom I have the highest respect), chartists make a living based on the accuracy of their forecasts.

    All the best.

  34. Katlyn says:

    If any of you belive Al gore i have a swamp i want to sell. when its warm its global warming , when its cold the same how stupid do yo think we are. Al is a phoney!!!
    if you believe him sorry for you,dire predictons of no snow,opps im in a blizzard now wake up he is an idiot not a scientist.

  35. Wes M says:

    Interesting map – I’m comparing the 2009 and 2011 sea surface temperatures – In my area (RI) we had an extremely mild summer during 2009 and a fierce winter which featured a blizzard in December. The sea surface temperatures this year look even colder, which hopefully will mean La Nina sticks around long enough to keep the 100 degree days out of here come the summer. I personally love the cold, and am very happy that global warming is giving us such intense and unpredicted cold with these increasingly rare snow events. I mean, who could have predicted it would snow in the winter and be warm in the summer right?

    All seriousness: Al Gore is a huge contributor to the biggest scam in scientific history. He and his cuckoo doctor pal Kaku make scientists facepalm because they have to be mentioned in the same breath. Kaku is currently making his living advising people how to build a defense network in case the aliens invade our solar system, discussing when invisibility and antimatter engines will be invented, and the possibility of parallel worlds.

    Sounds like two peas in a pod.

  36. R.S.Brown says:

    This evening during the 10:00pm Cleveland news
    one of the nations’s most veteran meteorologists
    notes that 60 years ago, a very similar ice and snow
    storm followed a very similar path from Texas to
    New York.

    He was particularly mindful of the old storm
    because it happened in 1951 as he was entering
    the Air Force.

    …but nobody blamed global warming for the
    winter storms back then.

  37. John Kehr says:

    The main problem with his statement is that the most recent data shows Northern Hemisphere snow extent to be normal. 2010 was about as near to normal as possible for a year.

    They say that global warming is driving a change, but the ONLY thing is the storms are shifted a little. Overall the same amount of snow if falling over the land masses. Only the distribution of the snow is abnormal.

  38. Juraj V. says:

    As earth continues to heat, it recently fell well bellow 1979-2009 normal. Now spin this.

  39. Jimbo says:

    AL GORE
    “As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting…………..
    In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. “

    June 4, 1999
    “Warm Winters Result From Greenhouse Effect, Columbia Scientists Find, Using NASA Model”
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/06/990604081638.htm
    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v399/n6735/abs/399452a0.html

    March 2000
    “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”
    “within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”. ”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html

    Nov. 17, 2010
    “Global Warming Could Cool Down Northern Temperatures in Winter”
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101117114028.htm
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2009JD013568

  40. E.M.Smith says:

    So, now that we’re “below normal” can we have a nice big announcement from The Press that “All the extra heat is gone now, we’re back to normal. Never Mind…”

  41. Roy says:

    wes george said:

    So now the new meme out of our shameless Green leaders is that big wets and floods are caused by AGW too. Or more precisely by coaling mining. That’s right, didn’t you know coaling mining causes it to rain every time?

    Bob Brown, our Green Party leader, actually said that coaling mining in Australia directly caused the January floods.

    It stands to reason. South Wales was one of the world’s main coal mining areas in the 19th century and for much of the 20th century. Cardiff was the world’s main coal port until overtaken by another Welsh port, Barry. It has also been known to rain in Wales. Anyone who watched the Ryder Cup golf tournament last September will know that!

    The last deep coal mine in Wales closed down almost exactly 3 years ago. That shows the effect of coal mining on the climate continues for some years after the industry comes to an end.

    The Australians should be worried!

  42. David says:

    Here’s a word you never hear used much these days: ‘Unprecedented’.
    Every bit of weather is ‘unprecedented’.
    The snowstorms in the USA are ‘unprecedented’.
    The Queensland floods were ‘unprecendented’.
    The Russian forest fires were ‘unprecendented’.
    Amazing really – in this age of internet access, and all other documentation going back hundreds of years, suddenly we don’t seem to be able to think about anything which didn’t happen in the last five minutes…

  43. David says:

    Here’s a word you never hear used much these days: ‘Unprecedented’.
    Every bit of weather is ‘unprecedented’.
    The snowstorms in the USA are ‘unprecedented’.
    The Queensland floods were ‘unprecedented’.
    The Russian forest fires were ‘unprecedented’.
    Amazing really – in this age of internet access, and all other documentation going back hundreds of years, suddenly we don’t seem to be able to think about anything which didn’t happen in the last five minutes…

  44. Craig W says:

    Is dropping Bill O’reilly’s name the only way for this dusty old tool to get noticed these days? I’d be more apt to blame weather on natural cycles and volcanic events than I would on man-bear-pig’s half cocked, “settled” theories.

  45. polistra says:

    The cycle of storminess is remarkably clear in the long-term Irish temperature record that appeared in WUWT several months ago.

    I analyzed it here:
    http://polistrasmill.blogspot.com/2010/08/sun-is-in-charge-as-always.html

  46. William Teach says:

    If Al is so worried about AGW, then why does he have all those computer monitors, electronics, and the TV running in his office? Plus all that paper made from trees?

    We’re only living our lives the way Gore does.

  47. Shevva says:

    Man if this guy was left in charge of something important it could be trouble, he’ll believe anything.

    He reminds me of C3-P0, he’s there in the story but has no real purpose.

  48. Olen says:

    I wonder how much of Al Gore’s poisonous swill is being taught to children in government run schools in the US and Europe. If they can indoctrinate children and make them believe it they have won through the next generation.

  49. Dimsdale says:

    Considering that Gore got C- and D in the few science courses he took in his brief college career (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A37397-2000Mar18 – see the fourth paragraph), one has to wonder why anyone listens to any of his scientific hallucinations, er, I mean prognostications, at all.

  50. Neo says:

    Who would you trust more to predict the weather–Al Gore or Puxatawney Phil ?

  51. richcar 1225 says:

    Check out where January ended up on ch 5 UAH.
    http://processtrends.com/images/RClimate_UAH_Ch5_latest.png
    Jan 30 was at -.239.
    I cant wait for Gore etal to start talking about the next ice age AGC, anthropogenic global cooling.

  52. PhilJourdan says:

    Just a minor typo, but in the 6th paragraph:

    Neither Clarence Page of Dr. Kaku

    Should not the “of” be an “(n)or”?

  53. Bernal says:

    You got to ask yourself, what is the shelf-life of the term AGW. All sceptic, holocaust denying, anti-scientific, and most likely Creationist extra chomosome types always default to AGW then talking about, well….AGW.

    I think we have dropped the ball here. AGW supporters have all kinds of words to describe climatic phenomena and sceptics, holo….well you get the picture. There was Global Warming, before that Global Cooling, followed by Climate Change, Climate Disruption, and my personal favorite: Global Weirding (no wonder they pay Tom Friedman the big bucks), and we’all are stuck on AGW.

    Well, no more. The estimable Dr. Maue has, I think, given us a term of power, might, and discriptive accuracy: Anthropogenic Warm/Cold Wet/Dry. Think about it!

  54. Lukerya says:

    He sounds like those horoscope makers or cursers of the heathen. “Evil will befall you!”. Any evil some time in the future (offers list of natural unpleasantness’s of all imaginable kinds).
    Yes, dear. Things happen on regular basis, some of them are less nice than others. Naturally, bad things do happen, as they have always happened. It works well in medium’s parlor, but in science it is considered good practice to prove that things actually CHANGE.

  55. JS in SD says:

    If you want to see what an actual weather expert thinks, then check out this article by Joe Bastardi at Accuweather: “Bastardi: Three of Next Five Winters Could be as Cold or Colder” http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/45220/bastardi-three-of-next-five-wi.asp

  56. drjohn says:

    Al Gore finally responds to a question about global warming fueled snowstorms, and who does he cite? Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune, not a climate scientist but someone self-described as having a scientific education commensurate with the old “Watch Mr. Wizard” TV show and a subscription to “Popular Mechanics”.

    LMAO!

  57. DD More says:

    Al Gore “The earth has a fever!” So this must just be the ‘cold sweats’.

    Dang, how did that sarc switch get flipped again.

  58. Hu McCulloch says:

    Ryan:

    Why doesn’t Al Gore cite the vast body of scientific research over the past 20-years that has been warning of that global warming “could” make snowstorms more severe — specific scientific papers that have directly attributed the recent snowfall changes to AGW — not El Nino or La Nina or the PDO or the rest of the alphabet soup of climate oscillations?

    Is there really such a body of scientific papers, or should there have been a winky face after this statement? :-)

  59. Gator says:

    “The largest changes in winter temperatures have been with warmer night-time lows, for whatever reason.”

    That reason would be the UHI effect. Most of the remaining GHCN stations are located in populous areas surrounded by infrastructure, and not in green (or white, as mine are now) fields where they belong.

  60. John from CA says:

    So with due deference to Curry, the issue is “how do we fix” Al Gore.

    Hmmm, perhaps we can “pass the hat” and get him something more than an honorarium “BS” in Science?

    Heaven knows he is great at the other meaning of the abbreviation but “what if” he was actually knowledgeable?

    Worth a Shot?

  61. Gaboon says:

    The Earth does have a fever…and there’s only one perscription….it needs more cowbell! It’s gotta’ have more cowbell.

    And, if the Earth needs more cowbell….then, damnit, we had better give it some more cowbell. Right now!

  62. Garry says:

    Paul Deacon at 9:19 pm: “…a “chartist”, who tracks the behaviour of markets based on charts (visible patterns), and makes predictions based on the similarity of current charts to past charts.”

    Paul, I’m not inclined to disagree about charts and chartists in financial markets, because prices are a function of human behavior and so financial charts might plausibly be said to represent the results of aggregate human decisions and behaviors. Volatility could hence be called aggregate indecision, and of course an outcome will be eventually be an aggregate decision either positive (upside) or negative (downside).

    In the end, chartists are merely trying to read (and predict) aggregate human behavior … via charts.

    But using the above rationale, I’m not sure that weather/climate charts can be “read” in the same manner, since we don’t know what the preeminent signal might be for climate, at least in the same way that we know “price” is the preeminent signal for financial markets.

  63. Darren Potter says:

    X-VP Gore’s response is nothing more than perusal rhetoric of Global Warmers.

    X-VP Gore use of “scientific community” we know amounts to a few dozen unprofessional people who taken advantage of the government system to get funding for their salaries (aka play time) and leading-edge equipment (aka expensive toys). X-VP Gore, along with the aforementioned people have failed to prove (& the burden is on them) there is “global warming”, let alone “man-made global warming”; yet they continue to rant. Their own prophecies have not materialized, and their so-called research results have conflicted with know scientific facts and reality (aka latest blizzard); yet they continue to rave.

    All of this is why X-VP Gore and the few dozen unprofessional people have to resort to SPIN, such as X-VP Gore’s response to Bill. What their SPIN has come down to is, throw everything against the wall, cause something has to eventually stick.

    One could get a laugh out of their whole Faux “man-made global warming” claim (aka funding & profit plan) if it were not for it costing us hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted taxpayer funding, and it leading us to wasting billions of dollars on Cap-n-Trade. Cap-n-Tax being another aspect of their “global warming” plan that would have negligible impact, even if their claim was ‘for reals’.

  64. Darren Potter says:

    John from CA says: (February 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm)
    > So with due deference to Curry, the issue is “how do we fix” Al Gore.
    > Hmmm, perhaps we can “pass the hat” and get him something more than an honorarium “BS” in Science?

    You know, they say, “You can’t fix stupid”…
    Here is a suggestion that might be the answer to: ” ‘how do we fix’ Al Gore ”

    Send Gore and his “scientific community” to the new tundra areas, where they can help shovel out from all that /sarcasm “man-made global warming”. A few weeks of hard back breaking labor might fix Al Gore and his buds, flawed thinking.
    It’s the Sun coupled to mother nature, not man, nor CO2.

  65. RockyRoad says:

    Here’s a good rebuttal to Gore’s stupidity and lies:

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/561975/201102031827/Gores-Unending-Blizzard-Of-Lies.htm

    Also, Dan Weil reports:
    Much of America suffered a huge snowstorm this week, and former Vice President Al Gore blamed it on global warming. Hmm. Ernest Istook, a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, took issue with Gore in a humorous vein.

    “Blame it on global warming,” Istook writes on Politico. “If you lose your job, blame global warming. If your boyfriend bugs out, blame global warming. If your kids set the house on fire, blame global warming. If the cashier gives you the wrong change, blame global warming.”

    In a more serious vein, he writes, “It’s nothing new for Al Gore to claim that global warming (or should we call it global cremation?) is causing cold weather instead of hot. He already admitted that he was wrong to tout ethanol, but did it for political purposes. His latest comments are just as consistent.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/ishtook-algore-globalwarming/2011/02/03/id/384938?s=al&promo_code=B9B1-1

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