Feb 3, 2009

Global warming: a bunch of hot air

by Christopher Scott

Former Vice President Al Gore’s long-since muffled message of global warming was met with some enthusiasm during a senate gathering in January. As a leading figure in the global warming awareness movement, 60-year-old Gore has remained quite active since his 2000 presidential race against George W. Bush.

If you happened to have visited a movie theater sometime between the year 2004 and 2005, you probably saw the unnerving trailer of Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” In the trailer, you will find an abundance of misused statistics and emotional appeals such as the statement, “if you love your children … you have to see this film.”

As a primary source of scientific evidence, Gore claims that the snows of Kilimanjaro are melting because of climate change, and displays pictures of the mountaintop compared to previous years.

Fortunately, the cries of Kilimanjaro have been quieted by two researchers who attributed the disappearance of snow atop Kilimanjaro and many other African mountains to solar radiation. Philip Mote and Georg Kaser published their well-documented reproach to Gore’s doomsday documentary in an issue of American Scientist Magazine in 2004.

Gore “inconveniently” refrains from sharing the fact that the summit of Kilimanjaro remains below freezing all year long, despite whatever variation there is in global climate.

“There is no evidence to support that assertion,” Mote said. “It’s not that it is impossible, but rather the decline is most likely associated with processes dominated by sublimation and with an energy balance dominated by solar radiation, rather than by a warmer troposphere.”

Whether or not you believe Gore, you can expect the issue to receive a good deal of publicity and concern in the present media. Hopefully the scare has been demoralized enough by real scientific data (like that of Mote and Kaser), to the point that we will not have to sit through another nauseating trailer or bear witness to Gore grabbing another undeserved Emmy, that was achieved essentially by the combination of good fear tactics and extremely well-documented baloney.

Contact Christopher Scott at
cmscott@liberty.edu.


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