As I pointed out a couple of weeks ago, ten years ago today, Al Gore said we had only a decade left to save the planet from global warming. But Earth and humanity has been doing just fine since then.
People that know money over at Investor’s Business Daily, said that “We Know Al Gore’s Been Running A Global Warming Racket” and listed five ways they ascertain this, I’m going to list those, embellish them, and add a few of my own. IBD writes:
While preening at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006 during the premiere of his “An Inconvenient Truth” fib-umentary, Gore made his grand declaration. The former vice president said, in the words of the AP reporter taking down his story, that
“unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return.” In Gore’s own words, he claimed we were in “a true planetary emergency.”
Ten years later, he’s probably hoping that everyone has forgotten about his categorical statement…
Meanwhile he’s been busy turning his gloom and doom predictions into cash and assets. here is their list (first 5, with my embellishments), and 5 more items -Anthony
Satellite data says that Earth hasn’t warmed in nearly 20 years. Yes, 2015 supposedly “smashed” the previous temperature record. But actually it was the third-warmest year on record according to satellites.
Claims of “hottest ever” in 2015 have been due in part to a strong El Niño in 2015 (which even climate scientist Dr. Richard Betts grudgingly admits to) and some statistical sleight of hand by NOAA to boost temperatures. They said in 1997, that the current absolute temperature of the Earth was warmer by several degrees that today, but they’ve since changed their methodology and say that’s no longer the case…however, their initial claim lines up with what we see in the satellite record above about 1997 and 1998 when the supersized El Niño happened.
Predictions that climate change — the rebranding of “global warming” when it turned out that predicted warming wasn’t happening — would cause catastrophic weather damage haven’t panned out.
German insurance giant Munich Re says losses from natural disasters were lower in 2015 than in 2014 and lowest since 2009. The facts are sharply at odds with Gore’s 2012 claim that “dirty weather” caused by “dirty fossil fuel” has created “extreme weather” that “is happening all over the world with increasing frequency.” Even the IPCC said that there is no link of climate to extreme weather, and the prestigious journal Nature said in 2012:
Better models are needed before exceptional events can be reliably linked to global warming.
Despite all the self-congratulatory international conferences and pseudo-agreements, the world has done nothing to “fight global warming.”
Mr. Gore cannot claim that his deadline has been extended because some governments have forced their citizens to cut carbon dioxide emissions. CO2 levels keep climbing and now exceed 401 parts per million in the atmosphere. It is simply not the dangerous greenhouse gas we’ve repeatedly been told it is. Noted environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg said in a policy paper of the recent COP21 agreement:
Current climate policy promises will do little to stabilize the climate and their impact will be undetectable for many decades. Paris COP21 commitments [by the EU] will reduce temperatures by just 0.05°C in 2100
In the mid- to late-2000s, Gore repeatedly predicted that an ice-free Arctic Ocean was coming in 2014. But as usual, his fortune-telling was wrong. By 2014, Arctic ice had grown thicker and covered a greater area than it did when he made his prediction. And, three of the last years of Arctic Ice measurements since 2012 have been in the “normal range” i.e., within two standard deviations, according to NSIDC:
Even more inconvenient, it seems the Arctic ice has reached a new stable baseline, and has a “pause” of it’s own going on. In the University of Illinois Cryosphere today graph below, note the nearly flat trend line in recent years since 2007:
More at the WUWT Sea Ice Reference Page
Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, which somehow won an Oscar, was found by a British judge to contain nine errors. The judge said it could not be shown to students unless it included a notice pointing out the errors.
And then there’s the polar bears. Mr. Gore was so worried about Arctic sea ice, he made polar bears the poster child for “climate change” In his AIT movie, Mr. Gore said:
“That’s not good for creatures like polar bears who depend on the ice,”
Gore says in “An Inconvenient Truth” as ominous music plays in the background, adding that a new study found
“polar bears that have actually drowned swimming long distances, up to 60 miles, to find the ice.”
Well, reality bites Gore, for two reasons. There’s more Polar Bears now than ever:
And…they were able to handle ice free periods in Earth’s history before, just fine.
Biologists report a 42% increase in some populations, saying they are doing fine, with some as “fat as pigs”:
Mr. Gore said in his movie that there would be a “shutting down of the ocean conveyor”.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said this gulf stream may slow down, but it is not likely to stop completely. A more recent study by NASA suggests even that isn’t going to happen:
New NASA measurements of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, part of the global ocean conveyor belt that helps regulate climate around the North Atlantic, show no significant slowing over the past 15 years. The data suggest the circulation may have even sped up slightly in the recent past.
Mr. Gore claimed in his movie (citing hurricane Katrina) that “hurricanes are getting stronger due to global warming”. Well, the data says otherwise, and there’s been no strong Cat4 or Cat5 hurricanes that have impacted the USA since hurricane Wilma in October of 2005, spanning at entire decade:
Mr. Gore said in his movie that the snows of Kilmanjaro was disappearing due to global warming:
And now we’re beginning to see the impact in the real world. This is Mount Kilimanjaro more than 30 years ago, and more recently. And a friend of mine just came back from Kilimanjaro with a picture he took a couple of months ago. Another friend of mine Lonnie Thompson studies glaciers. Here’s Lonnie with a sliver of a once mighty glacier. Within the decade there will be no more snows of Kilimanjaro.
Well, that’s pure weapons-grade bullshit, it is actually dues to clear-cutting of the forests around the mountain, resulting in lower evapotranspiration, putting less water vapor into upslope winds, which allows the icecap to sublimate due to lack of replenishment.
Even some climate scientists said Gore’s claim was bogus, citing internal communcations with Thompson::
I’ve heard Lonnie Thompson talk about the Kilimanjaro core and he got some localtemperatures – that we don’t have access to, and there was little warming in them.The same situation applies for Quelccaya in Peru and also some of his Tibet sites. Lonnie thinks they are disappearing because of sublimation, but he can’t pin anything down. – Phil Jones, Climate Research Unit, in the climategate emails
And finally, then there’s this. For his “Climate Reality Project” Al Gore made a “Climate 101” video with Bill Nye claiming to “prove” that CO2 causes warming. The experiment was so inept, and so poorly designed, that they had to resort to faking the results in post production.
Despite being clearly shown to be faked, it is STILL up on his website today unchanged, as this screencap at the time of writing shows:
Simply put: Mr. Gore is a bald faced liar. Why does anybody still listen to him?
The terrible truth for Mr. Gore in this last decade is that nature itself has shown that there is no “planetary emergency”. Not one of the dire predictions he made has come to pass.
Note: shortly after publication, formatting in the first 5 paragraphs was changed to make it clear that IBD was the source of some of the writing.