HE SPEAKS, AND THE DISCIPLES LISTEN - AT 7:51 P.M. ET: Reader Joseph J. Gallick alerts us to the latest pronouncement from hot-air expert Al Gore, a week before the big Copenhagen shindig on global warming. From The Times of London:
Even if a deal is reached at the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen next week it will only be the first step towards the far more radical cuts that are needed in global carbon emissions, Al Gore, the former US Vice-President, told The Times last night.
Mr Gore said that to avoid the worst ravages of climate change world leaders would have to come together again to set more drastic reductions than those now planned.
“Even a final treaty will have to set the stage for other tougher reductions at a later date,” he said. “We have already overshot the safe levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.”
He insisted that the present goal set for Copenhagen of stabilising world emissions of carbon dioxide at or below 450 parts per million — enough to prevent a rise in average global temperatures of no more than 2C — was insufficient and a safer target would be 350 parts per million.
But serious scientists, like Willy Soon of Harvard, beg to differ, arguing that CO2 does not cause global warming, and that warming often precedes the rise in CO2.
He also brushed aside questions over the reliability of climate science that have followed the publication last month of leaked e-mails between climate experts. He claimed that the scientific consensus around climate change “continues to grow from strength to strength”. He added: “The naysayers are in a sunset phase with a spectacular climax just before they subside from view. This is a race between common sense and unreality.”
The man is delusional, or deceptive. Where is the "strength to strength" that he talks about? And the naysayers, as he calls them, are growing in number, not declining.
Gore should be the first to call for a reexamination of the "science" behind global warming. But this is a political, not a scientific movement, so reexamination is not on the agenda.
December 4, 2009