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Subject: [Quiche!] 25 inconvenient truths for Al Gore.

25 inconvenient truths for Al Gore.

By Iain Murray

Fri Oct 12, 2007 19:29


Gorey Truths

25 inconvenient truths for Al Gore.

By Iain Murray

With An Inconvenient Truth, the companion book to former Vice President Al 
Gore's global-warming movie, currently number nine in Amazon sales rank, this 
is a good time to point out that the book, which is a largely pictorial 
representation of the movie's graphical presentation, exaggerates the evidence 
surrounding global warming. Ironically, the former Vice President leaves out 
many truths that are inconvenient for his argument. Here are just 25 of them.

1. Carbon Dioxide's Effect on Temperature. The relationship between global 
temperature and carbon dioxide (CO2), on which the entire scare is founded, is 
not linear. Every molecule of CO2 added to the atmosphere contributes less to 
warming than the previous one. The book's graph on p. 66-67 is seriously 
misleading. Moreover, even the historical levels of CO2 shown on the graph are 
disputed. Evidence from plant fossil-remains suggest that there was as much CO2 
in the atmosphere about 11,000 years ago as there is today.

2. Kilimanjaro. The snows of Kilimanjaro are melting not because of global 
warming but because of a local climate shift that began 100 years ago. The 
authors of a report in the International Journal of Climatology "develop a new 
concept for investigating the retreat of Kilimanjaro's glaciers, based on the 
physical understanding of glacier-climate interactions." They note that, "The 
concept considers the peculiarities of the mountain and implies that 
climatological processes other than air temperature control the ice recession 
in a direct manner. A drastic drop in atmospheric moisture at the end of the 
19th century and the ensuing drier climatic conditions are likely forcing 
glacier retreat on Kilimanjaro."

3. Glaciers. Glaciers around the world have been receding at around the same 
pace for over 100 years. Research published by the National Academy of Sciences 
last week indicates that the Peruvian glacier on p. 53-53 probably disappeared 
a few thousand years ago.

4. The Medieval Warm Period. Al Gore says that the "hockey stick" graph that 
shows temperatures remarkably steady for the last 1,000 years has been 
validated, and ridicules the concept of a "medieval warm period." That's not 
the case. Last year, a team of leading paleoclimatologists said, "When matching 
existing temperature reconstructions.

the timeseries display a reasonably coherent picture of major climatic episodes:

 'Medieval Warm Period,' 'Little Ice Age' and 'Recent Warming.'" They go on to 
conclude, "So what would it mean, if the reconstructions indicate a larger.

or smaller.temperature amplitude? We suggest that the former situation, i.e. 
enhanced variability during pre-industrial times, would result in a 
redistribution of weight towards the role of natural factors in forcing 
temperature changes, thereby relatively devaluing the impact of anthropogenic 
emissions and affecting future temperature predictions."

5. The Hottest Year. Satellite temperature measurements say that 2005 wasn't 
the hottest year on record - 1998 was - and that temperatures have been stable 
since 2001 (p.73). Here's the satellite graph:


6. Heat Waves. The summer heat wave that struck Europe in 2003 was caused by an 
atmospheric pressure anomaly; it had nothing to do with global warming. As the 
United Nations Environment Program reported in September 2003, "This extreme 
wheather [sic] was caused by an anti-cyclone firmly anchored over the western 
European land mass holding back the rain-bearing depressions that usually enter 
the continent from the Atlantic ocean. This situation was exceptional in the 
extended length of time (over 20 days) during which it conveyed very hot dry 
air up from south of the Mediterranean."



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  a.. Scientists respond to Gore's warnings - By Tom Harris, Fri Oct 12 19:38

Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe "The Inconvenient 
Truth" is indeed inconvenient to alarmists By Tom Harris Monday, June 12, 2006 
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By Tom Harris

Scientists respond to Gore's warnings

Fri Oct 12, 2007 19:38


Scientists respond to Gore's warnings of climate catastrophe "The Inconvenient 
Truth" is indeed inconvenient to alarmists

By Tom Harris

Monday, June 12, 2006


"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as 
they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", 
showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in 
mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his 

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook 
University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising 
assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are 
pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding 
public attention."

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A sample of experts' comments about the science of "An Inconvenient Truth":

But surely Carter is merely part of what most people regard as a tiny cadre of 
"climate change skeptics" who disagree with the "vast majority of scientists" 
Gore cites?

No; Carter is one of hundreds of highly qualified non-governmental, 
non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts who contest the hypothesis that 
human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing significant global climate 
change. "Climate experts" is the operative term here. Why? Because what Gore's 
"majority of scientists" think is immaterial when only a very small fraction of 
them actually work in the climate field.

Even among that fraction, many focus their studies on the impacts of climate 
change; biologists, for example, who study everything from insects to polar 
bears to poison ivy. "While many are highly skilled researchers, they generally 
do not have special knowledge about the causes of global climate change," 
explains former University of Winnipeg climatology professor Dr. Tim Ball. 
"They usually can tell us only about the effects of changes in the local 
environment where they conduct their studies."

This is highly valuable knowledge, but doesn't make them climate change cause 
experts, only climate impact experts.

So we have a smaller fraction.

But it becomes smaller still. Among experts who actually examine the causes of 
change on a global scale, many concentrate their research on designing and 
enhancing computer models of hypothetical futures. "These models have been 
consistently wrong in all their scenarios," asserts Ball. "Since modelers 
concede computer outputs are not "predictions" but are in fact merely 
scenarios, they are negligent in letting policy-makers and the public think 
they are actually making forecasts."

We should listen most to scientists who use real data to try to understand what 
nature is actually telling us about the causes and extent of global climate 
change. In this relatively small community, there is no consensus, despite what 
Gore and others would suggest.

Here is a small sample of the side of the debate we almost never hear:

Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable 
Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim 
Patterson testified, "There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and 
Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels 
were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the 
planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half 
billion years." Patterson asked the committee, "On the basis of this evidence, 
how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 
levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"


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