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UNITED STATES - JUNE 11: Former Vice President Al Gore delivers a speech about environmental issues during the Fourth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day held in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) UNITED STATES - JUNE 11: Former Vice President Al Gore delivers a speech about environmental issues during the Fourth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day held in the Capitol Visitor Center. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)  

Once Again, The Goreacle Missed The Mark Entirely

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      Andy Patrizio

      Andy Patrizio is a freelance journalist based in Orange County, California. He has covered the technology sector for more than 20 years and primarily writes on tech news and issues, but has also covered music and entertainment.

      Andy graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors degree in journalism, along with a minor in political science. Before taking the freelance plunge, he was a staff reporter with InternetNews.com.

Stop me if you heard this before: former Vice President Al Gore completely whiffed it on an environmental prediction.

I know, shocking.

The latest swing and a miss was a prediction he made when accepting his 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, a prize becoming increasingly worthless given its dubious winners. “The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,” he said. “It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.”

Well, London’s Daily Mail has taken great glee in pointing out that not only was he wrong, there is a lot more ice now than there was two years ago.

The Mail pointed out that there was 3.91 million square kilometers of ice on the pole on August 25, 2012. Mind you, that’s in late August when it’s hot and even Alaska gets warm, so it will only thicken as fall approaches. On August 25, 2014, there was 5.62 million square kilometers of ice, a 43 percent increase. The images used and measurements came from satellite images published by the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.

Gore continues his reign of error for one reason only; a complicit media that covers for his errors and ignores his critics. I know complaining about media bias is almost a cliché, but look at how they have behaved. Scott Pelley of CBS News and “60 Minutes” compared skeptics of global warming who complained about a lopsided story he did in the summer of 2007 to “Holocaust deniers.” Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman has also declared that “Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.”

In December 2006, the Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen, host of weekly global warming program “The Climate Code,” began to advocate that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) revoke their seal of approval from any television weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate catastrophe. “If a meteorologist can’t speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn’t give them a Seal of Approval,” Cullen wrote in a December 21, 2006 blog on the Weather Channel Website. So, the mainstream media is indeed aiding and abetting.

This is hardly the first time the seminary school dropout-turned-climate expert has swung and missed. In his speech to accept the Nobel, Gore declared the planet “had a fever.” And yet the Remote Sensing Systems site, which measures annual temperatures, says there has been “no global warming for 17 years, 10 months.”

His movie “An Inconvenient Truth” was found to be riddled with inaccuracies, falsehoods, and exaggerations on the level of Michael Moore. One example: he claimed Hurricanes would increase in intensity and frequency. Oops, we’re at a 30-year low.

Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, has said repeatedly that warming has nothing to do with it. He has also said there were more hurricanes in the first half of the 20th century than the second half.

Tad Murty of the University of Ottawa noted that in the other six ocean basins worldwide, hurricane activity is flat or declining. Dr. Murty said also that hurricane activity in the U.S. southeast was greater in the first half of the 20th century than it is now.

Gore claimed new diseases emerging around the world were caused by global warming. He was promptly shot down. “None of the 30 so-called new diseases Gore references are attributable to global warming, none,” said Dr. Paul Reiter of Institut Pasteur. He also called the movie “pure, mind-bending propaganda.”

But the Goreacle’s gall knows no bounds. Gore has been claiming the “science is settled” as far back as 1992, with his book Earth in the Balance. “Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled.” At the time, a Gallup poll reported that 53 percent of scientists actively involved in global climate research did not believe global warming had occurred. Another 30 percent weren’t sure and only 17 percent believed global warming had begun. Even a Greenpeace poll showed 47 percent of climatologists didn’t think a runaway greenhouse effect was imminent, while only 36 percent thought it possible and a mere 13 percent thought it probable.