Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gore Rebuts Climate Change Deniers, Including Famed Alaskan Scholar

Sarah Palin trumpeted her foreign policy credentials based on the fact that she can see Russia from Alaska. She displayed her expertise on health care by informing us that voluntary end-of-life counseling equals "death panels." Now Palin has demonstrated her scholarship on climate change, criticizing in a Washington Post op-ed "the agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen."

Fortunately, Al Gore spoke to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC and discussed global warming based on empirical evidence that cannot be dismissed in Palin's terms as "natural, cyclical environmental trends." Watch:

Gore: Well, you know, the -- the global warming deniers persist in this air of unreality. After all, the entire north polar icecap, which has been there for most of the last 3 million years, is disappearing before our eyes. Forty percent is already gone. The rest is expected to go completely within the next decade. What do they think is causing this?

The mountain glaciers in every region of the world are melting, many of them at an accelerated rate, threatening drinking supplies -- drinking water supplies and agricultural water supplies. We have these record storms, drought, floods, fires, three deaths (ph) in the American West, climate refugees beginning now, expected to rise to the hundreds of millions unless we take action.

These effects are taking place all over the world exactly as predicted by the scientists, who have warned for years that, if we continue putting 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every day, the accumulation -- that's going to trap lots more heat, raise temperatures, and cause all of these consequences that are already beginning.

Mitchell: Well, one of the things that she has written recently on Facebook is that this is doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood that makes the public feel like owning an SUV is a sin against the planet.

Gore: Well, the scientific community has worked very intensively for 20 years within this international process, and they now say the evidence is unequivocal. A hundred and fifty years ago this year was the discovery that CO-2 traps heat. That is a -- a principle in physics. It's not a question of debate. It's like gravity; it exists. (h/t Crooks and Liars)

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