Monday, December 14, 2009

An Inconvenient Truth

There are many kinds of truth. Al Gore was poleaxed by an inconvenient one yesterday.

The former US Vice-President, who became an unlikely figurehead for the green movement after narrating the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, became entangled in a new climate change “spin” row.

Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.

In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”

However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

The embarrassing error cast another shadow over the conference after the controversy over the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, which appeared to suggest that scientists had manipulated data to strengthen their argument that human activities were causing global warming.

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Amusing Bunni said...

That is great stuff, Solomon, I have not kept up on this the last day or so. Algore should have just stayed home altogether. He is a fraud and embarrassment.
I'm glad he's being exposed.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I heard this also ... Algore is going to lose his prestige and fall off of his pedestal soon.

Anonymous said...

Never heard about the fact that Al Gore invented Burger King?

Just look at all the Whoppers he's been selling.



tammy said...

I can see Nelson (from The Simpsons) pointing at him and saying, "Ha ha!"