The Inconvenient Truth Underlying Al Gore's Snowball Fight With Matt Drudge and Bill O'Reilly

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The killer snowstorms socking much of the country are providing pundits on the right all the ammunition they need to mow down poor ol' Al Gore.

Mr. Inconvenient Truth was called out last week by Bill O'Reilly, who wanted to know, if global warming exists, "Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?" Matt Drudge linked to Gore's answer--that "increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with . . . man-made global warming"--promptly crashing Gore's site Tuesday.

What a maroon, the conservatives cackled at Albert.

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"I'm melting . . . melting . . ."
The thing is, Gore's answer is completely consistent with . . . something I'd heard about global warming before his famous documentary--hell, even before he won the 2000 presidential election over George W. Bush. (Talk about inconvenient truths!)

In fact, then as now, longtime climate-change denier Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Bulkhead) would point to every drop of rain as proof the planet is not warming. Then as now, no one listened to Rohrabacher. (Just kidding, teabaggers.)

Those who dared listen to climate experts back at the turn of the millennium heard that global warming would bring longer, drier summers and shorter but more intense winters. Do you know how I know? Because I was there when they said it at a gathering of some of the planet's leading climate and environmental scientists at UC Irvine. I even wrote about it in a story titled, "It's the End of the World As You Know It, and I Don't Feel Fine."

Publication date: April 20, 2000.

William J. Merrell, then the president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, presented during "Global Climate Change and Public Policy: What Are the Implications for You?" what global warming will have wrought for Southern California by 2050.

Annual rainfall totals won't change much, but 40 percent more rain will drop in winter--pounding rain that will bring floodwaters, mudslides, the works. There will be little if any precipitation the rest of the year, so longer dry spells--coupled with our usual Santa Ana winds--will increase fire dangers dramatically.

One thing that won't rise is snowfall in the mountains (it'll be too warm), so we'll have to make do with less drinking water from the annual snowmelt. Deserts and wetlands--which play vital ecological roles in SoCal--are expected to disappear completely. Rising sea levels will swallow up more coastline, representing $500 million in lost real estate annually. We will be forced to decide whether to tear down houses so that we can still have beaches or create bulkheads to stop encroaching water.

One thing that was stressed early in the presentation, which featured other experts trotting out even-more-dire consequences for other parts of the world, particularly Africa, was that their projections were based on very conservative analyses of computer modeling in 2000.

Good thing Orange County has so far escaped the pounding rain that will bring floodwaters, mudslides, the works during this period of global warm-- . . . uh, check that:


For more fun reading, here's Gore's full answer to Papa Bear:

Last week on his show, Bill O'Reilly asked, and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now, and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

"In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.

"A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species."


Oh, shut up, Job Killer!

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Tb
Tb

Gotta love how - Al "Do as I say, not as I do" Gore, & his partner in crime - Slick Willie "Sold Out America for a Big Bag of Gold" Clinton - have turned their "public service" into $9 figure personal net worths.

Trust um?

Well, "there's one born every minute." PTB

Sorry, You're Extinct Tomorrow
Sorry, You're Extinct Tomorrow

These computer models are worse indicators than channeling the ghosts of the Clinton 76 & asking them. Al Gore is scum, check out Armand Hammer to verify this. Do you suppose its more than likely that the impact of the BP oil spill on the Gulf Stream, compounded by toxic emulsifiers, is a likely suspect? Did you pass 3rd grade? Do you watch TV or web propaganda for more than 24 hours a day?? Helloooo?

oldguy
oldguy

algore is not an idiot. he is in fact a maroon.

cannibalfarm
cannibalfarm

Coker, you're a moron. There is zero evidence that CO2 causes warming. No one has found any proof of that. The natural cycle of the sun is at play here. That is why we don't use only 150 years of temperature data. 1000 years ago people were farming on Greenland because temps were much warmer than today. Check out the archaeological evidence of farm implements found under permafrost and of Chinese circumnavigating the polar regions.We also know now that the ice core CO2 lag is 800 years and our satellites have shown that there has been no warming since 2001. The truth is CO2 is a very poor greenhouse gas, water vapor is much worse. Since I am a scientist, I can tell you this is not science it's some kind of religion. Science never says this is true there is no more debate, science is debate.

Harry Balls
Harry Balls

I'm a tea bagger. I just tea bagged Matt Coker. I think he liked it.

SchroederBaker
SchroederBaker

Matt, what is a teabagger and what does a teabagger have to do with Rohrabacher? Do you really think you make your point stronger by using a term for a vulgar act to describe people you disagree with? What are you, 14?

Yeah, the joke is old but so what if the climate is changing? It's changed over the millennia and even you can't make a legitimate case that humans have any control over it.

Katy
Katy

It DOES get a little old having to hear Al Gore blamed every time it gets a little chilly. On a normal day – hell, in a normal YEAR – I don’t think I’d think about Al Gore at all. But there’s always some conservative somewhere complaining that Al Gore made her coffee turn cold or something.

The way I see it, maybe we should go ahead and make the guy Vice President again. No one talked about him at all back then, and he seemed WAY less interested in the environment when he was in a position to have some say in our national policies…

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Thanks for showing us your real IQ levels, OC asswipes. Be sure to sign up for the Glenn Beck Rodeo Clown College. Go ahead, be deniers. Global warming produces climate change, plain and simple.Now go back and stuff your culos with all the Billo, Hannity, Rush, and BEck that you can fit in it.Pendejos.May your kids wallow in the aftermath. I so long for that.

hahagorebots
hahagorebots

Funny how this stupid writer makes fun of "teabaggers" yet gives a pass to the whole lying Gorebal warming crowd.

By now the oceans were supposed to dry up and the earthscorched.

Morons like this writer make fun of televangists and their followers all day long, yet follow like zombie lapdogs the utterances from their global warming Elmer Gantrys.

Keep spinning you dumb douche. I'm gonna warm up w some hot chocolate

Justin G
Justin G

This just confirms my hunch that climate change proponents will call just about anything Global Warming. If we get less rain than normal - global warming did it. If we get more rain than normal - global warming did it. If it's a bit hotter today than the same day last year - global warming did it.

And yet these leftists are the SAME EXACT people who make fun of theology for giving God credit for creation, making fun of the "goddidit" answers that we theologists sometimes have been known to utter.

Nevermind that the Hadley CRU scientists STILL haven't accurately modeled the weather or climate so much as 12 months in advance, much less 50 years. Give me a break.

Laflaf
Laflaf

Haha! Yea, all weather patterns are a result of global warming duh! And damn those cavemen for driving around in their SUV's for ending the ice age. If it wasn't for cavemen driving SUV's there is no way that the climate would have warmed on Earth and we could live in a winter wonderland.

This writer is a fucking idiot. Al Gore is just opportunistic.

Wading Across
Wading Across

Wow, what a piece of koolaid writing. Teabaggers? Ah, how original and substantive. Gore won 2000 - therefore it was stolen from him?

You sir live in La La land.

Whether or not Global Warming is happening, man's part in it is trivial. According to plenty of research there have been far more and far greater periods of global warming than are supposedly currently occuring... and they all happened prior to the industrial revolution and even prior to man creating the earliest civilizations.

You know what the largest single molecule in the atmosphere is that causes climate issues? It isn't Carbon Dioxide - which makes up a miniscule amount - it's WATER.

The problem with the whole climate debate is that the majority of people supporting and promoting Global Warming/Change are not even climatologists or meteorologists.

Davidcgarrett
Davidcgarrett

They also predicted that "Snowfall is a thing of the past":

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

When you predict that everything (increasd snowfall and lack of snowfall, drought and flooding, etc.) is a result of global warming, then something is bound to happen to support your theory. And if you look hard enough, you'll find someone somewhere who will provide a statement to support your beliefs, no matter how illogical.

J.E.
J.E.

Al Gore is a fucking idiot!

CalConservative
CalConservative

Hey Matt Coker -- have you not read the emails written by global warming hucksters exposing their own lies and deceptions? Folks in government agencies fabricating data to make global warming look like something other than the complete fantasy that it is? Take another sip of Kool-Aid, my friend...

Dankesheon
Dankesheon

Long term thinking and scientific research with good source citations, not Acme Global Warming...Your Way,is for the thinking person. It is also true and consistent with HISTORICAL behaviour on this planet.My question is to all the talking heads who live for nothing else than ganging up on, well, in this case, AL Gore, but give me any hour any day, and it's usually one person against, not one bean, but the whole burrito and I ain't talking ala carte. Do they enjoy publicly attempting to humiliate MORE than looking uneducated and like the Soche's and the Dork's in high school? Remember, the Dorks are now their bosses. Hmmm.

Dmr740
Dmr740

This article shattered my belief that the OC Weekly has competent writers.

earthlover
earthlover

Why? Because he speaks above your IQ level?

earthlover
earthlover

Right. That's why you offer no proof for your ignorant comments. Co2 is a heat trapping gas and the most dominant radiative forcing meaning that even though it may not be the most prevalent in volume it is the most dominant force in trapping heat in the atmosphere and amplifying the effects of other gases in the atmosphere such as water vapor, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide and methane... But wow, you didn't miss one denier point did you? Next time, try posting something besides lies. Last year was the hottest year on record according to real scientists. How much oil stock do you own?

SchroederBaker
SchroederBaker

oh, snap. Your mature commentary changed my thinking. Not.

Mrs.Doug
Mrs.Doug

You, sir, are an ass. Your children or relatives will also "wallow in the aftermath" if these stupid weather predictions come true.

earthlover
earthlover

What garbage. No one said the Earth would be scorched. Only someone with no understanding at all of the science would exaggerate so much just to appease their own biases.

earthlover
earthlover

If you think God did this than you are stupid.

earthlover
earthlover

Really? And which one are you? A climatologsit or a meterorogist? Looks to me you are more like an oil company rep.

earthlover
earthlover

And yet all deniers know how to do is type the name Al Gore.

Ipilot66
Ipilot66

I wonder how much education it took to formulate that thought, and how much ignorance to actually write it!!???

earthlover
earthlover

Wow, what an intelligent response. Not.

earthlover
earthlover

That's a lie. No e-mails ever disputed the facts of the science of global warming. More talking points from the same denier websites that send out monthly e-mails telling their Internet trolls what to type.

earthlover
earthlover

Actually it's the readers that seem to be the problem.

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