Al Gore has reemerged in hopes to stay relevant.
The former Vice President was recently on the talk show circuit for his sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.
And in An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore told six massive lies.
Gore’s latest documentary is more like a human-interest story than it is the power point presentation of its predecessor.
An Inconvenient Sequel self-servingly follows Gore as if he’s Captain Planet, trying to convince the world that global disaster is eminent.
But Meteorologist Roy Spencer has written a book, An Inconvenient Deception, which fact-checks Al Gore’s scaremongering rhetoric.
When Spencer saw the movie, he was one of only three viewers in a 750-seat theater – and one of them walked out half way through.
This local reaction is borne out by the movie’s dismal reception at the box office, which shows that nobody’s buying what Al Gore’s selling.
Here are some of Al Gore’s dubious claims rebutted by Spencer.
1) Greenland Melting
Gore is shown visiting cryospheric expert Konrad Steffen.
“Surface melting is shown with dramatic aerial video. Rivers of meltwater form and plunge down into huge holes in the ice sheet called “moulins”.”
“What isn’t mentioned is that this happens every summer, naturally.”
In fact this is a good example of Gore’s favorite cheat: show dramatic footage of a natural event – eg ice melting rapidly – and then leave the viewer to infer that this is another disastrous and unprecedented consequence of man-made climate change.
It spares him the risk of telling flat out lies which might get fact-checked later. The viewer’s imagination does all Gore’s dirty work…
Meanwhile, in the real world, remember, Greenland recently recorded its coldest temperature ever measured in July for the Northern Hemisphere.
2) Flooding in Miami
Gore wants you to believe that this is caused by climate change. After all, in his previous movie he predicted sea level rises of 20 feet.
Sadly in the real world sea level has continued to rise at the same rate as for the last 150 years – about an inch per decade.
Miami has always been beset by tidal flooding – so called “king tides”. But the other big problem is that its land has been sinking at a rate of around an inch per decade (3mm a year). Neither this, nor the sea level rise, has anything to do with climate change.
3) Storm Damage
Gore claims storms are getting more powerful.
Roger Pielke, Jr. has done a lot of research in this area. As population increases, there are simply more things to break when a storm comes through.
There have been no observed long-term increases in storm intensity from a meteorological point of view over the period of interest, that is, since the Industrial Revolution began.
And even if there was an increase, there would be no way to attribute those changes to human activities.
4) Flooding of the 9/11 Memorial from Hurricane Sandy
Gore claims he predicted this in An Inconvenient Truth.
He didn’t. Gore mentioned generally that sea level would rise and then storms like Hurricanes’ Sandy and Harvey would threaten coastal residents.
In fact the rate of sea level rise has not increased in New York:
Sea level at Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan has been monitored since the 1850s, and has been rising naturally since that time at an average rate of 1.1 inch per decade, with no sign of acceleration.
5) Earthrise: The Big Blue Marble
Gore repeatedly shows famous image of the earth from space – one of the most viewed photos in the world – taken by Apollo astronaut and geologist Harrison (Jack) Schmitt on the Apollo 17 mission to the moon on December 7, 1972.
Here’s the irony:
Jack Schmitt is a skeptic of the supposed dangers of CO2 emissions caused entirely by humans and he has been active in the fight to correct the record on climate change and the supposed dangers of carbon dioxide.
Failure to explain context is lying by omission.
6) Solar Power, Solar City, and Elon Musk
Renewables salesman Gore is big on the idea that solar will save the world from fossil-fuel-induced warming.
But there’s a fundamental problem with solar (and wind):
It takes huge fields of solar collectors to collect much electricity from sunlight, clouds greatly reduce it, and 365 days a year it goes away at night.
Fossil fuels are highly concentrated forms of energy, while solar and wind are relatively weak and diffuse.
They are also expensive and only appear competitive if you ignore the vast taxpayer subsidies propping them up.
So, the claim that solar is in any way cheaper than fossil fuels is simply not true.
The current success of Elon Musk, Tesla, Solar City, and solar energy installations in general is due to government subsidies.
These are your tax dollars that the solar industry has convinced government to give to the solar energy effort. Investors, in turn, also cash in on the subsidies—while they last.”
What this all boils down to is that Gore is a self-serving fraud and if we just ignore him, he may go away.