Hot Air » Blog Archive » Scientists to Goracle: Relax

Allahpundit over at Hot Air is quickly becoming my favorite diarist.
Hot Air » Blog Archive » Scientists to Goracle: Relax

It’s a breezy read — although if we don’t reduce our carbon emissions soon, in a few decades that breeze could become a hurricane.

It’s not so much that he’s wrong, they say, as that he’s, well, hysterical.

Some of Mr. Gore’s centrist detractors point to a report last month by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations body that studies global warming. The panel went further than ever before in saying that humans were the main cause of the globe’s warming since 1950, part of Mr. Gore’s message that few scientists dispute. But it also portrayed climate change as a slow-motion process.

It estimated that the world’s seas in this century would rise a maximum of 23 inches — down from earlier estimates. Mr. Gore, citing no particular time frame, envisions rises of up to 20 feet and depicts parts of New York, Florida and other heavily populated areas as sinking beneath the waves, implying, at least visually, that inundation is imminent…

So too, a report last June by the National Academies seemed to contradict Mr. Gore’s portrayal of recent temperatures as the highest in the past millennium. Instead, the report said, current highs appeared unrivaled since only 1600, the tail end of a temperature rise known as the medieval warm period.

You don’t win Oscars with 23-inch waves, buddy. Other scientists, meanwhile, disagree: it’s not that he’s hysterical, it’s that he’s really hysterical. And by “really hysterical” I mean “totally wrong.”

Geologists have documented age upon age of climate swings, and some charge Mr. Gore with ignoring such rhythms.

“Nowhere does Mr. Gore tell his audience that all of the phenomena that he describes fall within the natural range of environmental change on our planet,” Robert M. Carter, a marine geologist at James Cook University in Australia, said in a September blog. “Nor does he present any evidence that climate during the 20th century departed discernibly from its historical pattern of constant change.”

In October, Dr. Easterbrook made similar points at the geological society meeting in Philadelphia. He hotly disputed Mr. Gore’s claim that “our civilization has never experienced any environmental shift remotely similar to this” threatened change.

Nonsense, Dr. Easterbrook told the crowded session. He flashed a slide that showed temperature trends for the past 15,000 years. It highlighted 10 large swings, including the medieval warm period. These shifts, he said, were up to “20 times greater than the warming in the past century.”

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8 Comments

  1. What do you expect from a loser who invented the internet. He needs something to make himself seem important.

  2. He could spend years in the redwwod forrest hugging trees and preaching his nonsense.

  3. When you’re done celebrating your delusions… Perhaps a moment here will clue you in to just how bad the data in the NY Times article was…

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200703130003

    Gee, think that the article was…hmmm…biased a bit?

    Just because it feeds into your desire to ignore the problem doesn’t make it correct. Stay the course! Mission Accomplished! Great Job Brownie! Yay Kenny Boy!

  4. If you read the entire article not just the snippits cited above, you will see that as many scientists applaud Gore’s work and think that his statements are correct as think the claims might be overstated.

  5. Thank goodness for some semblance of sanity on the global warming issue. As an active scientist, I have often been critical of scientists propensity for intense “fadism”…

    I consider the global warming hype to represent just such a fad…

    In particular, it is rarely stated how many of the proponents of this “hype” are funded by research dollars, sometimes rather large amounts. Now of course, this is “science” so it is okay, right?…But the bottom line is…no crisis, no funding…

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