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RadioTom

I know what Al Gore is full of! He's full of shit! Liberals suck. First btw.

camojack

"A nature watchdog group says that we have five years to fix global warming or face catastrophic consequences. Like the possibility of another Al Gore movie."
-Jay Leno

eclecticEel

So you read all 230 pages of your nieces diary? No doubt seeking to uncover hidden clues to the massive right wing conspiracy that may be lurking in your little riech-winger nieces diary. Keep up the research, Larry; until she proves herself as a true progressyve womyn don't trust her for a moment!

camojack

Questions for Al Gore
By Dr. Roy Spencer
25 May 2006

Gore's Inconvenient Truth....

Dear Mr. Gore:

I have just seen your new movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," about the threat that global warming presents to humanity. I think you did a very good job of explaining global warming theory, and your presentation was effective. Please convey my compliments to your good friend, Laurie David, for a job well done.

As a climate scientist myself -- you might remember me...I'm the one you mistook for your "good friend," UK scientist Phil Jones during my congressional testimony some years back -- I have a few questions that occurred to me while watching the movie.

1) Why did you make it look like hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, droughts, and ice calving off of glaciers and falling into the ocean, are only recent phenomena associated with global warming? You surely know that hurricane experts have been warning congress for many years that the natural cycle in hurricanes would return some day, and that our built-up coastlines were ripe for a disaster (like Katrina, which you highlighted in the movie). And as long as snow continues to fall on glaciers, they will continue to flow downhill toward the sea. Yet you made it look like these things wouldn't happen if it weren't for global warming. Also, since there are virtually no measures of severe weather showing a recent increase, I assume those graphs you showed actually represented damage increases, which are well known to be simply due to greater population and wealth. Is that right?

2) Why did you make it sound like all scientists agree that climate change is manmade and not natural? You mentioned a recent literature review study that supposedly found no peer-reviewed articles that attributed climate change to natural causes (a non-repeatable study which has since been refuted....I have a number of such articles in my office!) You also mentioned how important it is to listen to scientists when they warn us, yet surely you know that almost all past scientific predictions of gloom and doom have been wrong. How can we trust scientists' predictions now?

3) I know you still must feel bad about the last presidential election being stolen from you, but why did you have to make fun of Republican presidents (Reagan; both Bushes) for their views on global warming? The points you made in the movie might have had wider appeal if you did not alienate so many moviegoers in this manner.

4) Your presentation showing the past 650,000 years of atmospheric temperature and carbon dioxide reconstructions from ice cores was very effective. But I assume you know that some scientists view the CO2 increases as the result of, rather than the cause of, past temperature increases. It seems unlikely that CO2 variations have been the dominant cause of climate change for hundreds of thousands of years. And now that there is a new source of carbon dioxide emissions (people), those old relationships are probably not valid anymore. Why did you give no hint of these alternative views?

5) When you recounted your 6-year-old son's tragic accident that nearly killed him, I thought that you were going to make the point that, if you had lived in a poor country like China or India, your son would have probably died. But then you later held up these countries as model examples for their low greenhouse gas emissions, without mentioning that the only reason their emissions were so low was because people in those countries are so poor. I'm confused...do you really want us to live like the poor people in India and China?

6) There seems to be a lot of recent concern that more polar bears are drowning these days because of disappearing sea ice. I assume you know that polar bears have always migrated to land in late summer when sea ice naturally melts back, and then return to the ice when it re-freezes. Also, if this was really happening, why did the movie have to use a computer generated animation of the poor polar bear swimming around looking for ice? Haven't there been any actual observations of this happening? Also, temperature measurements in the arctic suggest that it was just as warm there in the 1930's...before most greenhouse gas emissions. Don't you ever wonder whether sea ice concentrations back then were low, too?

7) Why did you make it sound like simply signing on to the Kyoto Protocol to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions would be such a big step forward, when we already know it will have no measurable effect on global temperatures anyway? And even though it represents such a small emission reduction, the economic pain Kyoto causes means that almost no developed country will be meeting its emission reductions commitments under that treaty, as we are now witnessing in Europe.

8) At the end of the movie, you made it sound like we can mostly fix the global warming problem by conserving energy... you even claimed we can reduce our carbon emissions to zero. But I'm sure you know that this will only be possible with major technological advancements, including a probable return to nuclear power as an energy source. Why did you not mention this need for technological advancement and nuclear power? It is because that would support the current (Republican) Administration's view?

Mr. Gore, I think we can both agree that if it was relatively easy for mankind to stop emitting so much carbon dioxide, that we should do so. You are a very smart person, so I can't understand why you left so many important points unmentioned, and you made it sound so easy.

I wish you well in these efforts, and I hope that humanity will make the right choices based upon all of the information we have on the subject of global warming. I agree with you that global warming is indeed a "moral issue," and if we are to avoid doing more harm than good with misguided governmental policies, we will need more politicians to be educated on the issue.

Your "Good Friend,"

Dr. Roy W. Spencer

Dr. Roy Spencer is a principal research scientist for the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA's Aqua satellite. In the past, he has served as Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. ??Dr. Spencer is the recipient of NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and the American Meteorological Society's Special Award for his satellite-based temperature monitoring work. He is the author of numerous scientific articles that have appeared in Science, Nature, Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology, Remote Sensing Reviews, Advances in Space Research, and Climatic Change. Dr. Spencer received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1981.

JVR

WHAT??? What was you doin' reading a reich wing propaganda piece from Ronnie-Iran Contra-Wanted-a-nuclear -war Reagan? You know how many trees died for a Big Oil Military Establishment book like that? And the carbon credits that were unoffset? No TP for you.

Second.

Kinky Bee

"The Gitler"--LL

ROFL, Lar. Oh...my...freaking...word!! That is perfect!! I love it! "Win one for the Gitler", they said in WWII, as the American's took over the world, and gave the Joooooooos some land that didn't even belong to them.

Kinky Bee

"Why did you make it sound like all scientists agree that climate change is manmade and not natural? "

Yeah, CamoJack, I heard that Cow Farts are like, WAAAAYYYYY toxic to the environment, and cause, like, loads of GoreBull Warming. Oh, wait! Was it cows or Al Gore's farts? Shoot! I hate it when I forget something, and can't quite get my facts straight, but you can quote me any way.

Cow and Al GoreBull's Farts cause extensive Global Warming. Prepare for the end now! I got this from a reliable source(my imagination), Al Gore had Mexican last night for dinner. Now, whether that was Mexican food from a restaurant, or just a Mexican, I couldn't tell, but I know, either way, it's going to give him a raging case of the Farts. You watch, I predict that in the next week, it will rain somewhere in the world. All because of the GloBull Warming master's Farts. He had better be buying up those carbon offsets, now. Now that the whole world knows for a fact that he is an emitter of Methane gas. Tsk, tsk! Hypocrite, Al!

T1

Wasn’t Al Gore the man that invented carbon credits and the internet?

That certainly more that some guy who invented Star Wars, the Ray Gun and bombing misunderstood Colonels in Africa.

Al Gore is the new Carburetor!

I meant the new Carbonator... how about the new Goralator ...or something like that.

Bush4Ever

Reagan finally released a book? Is he going to go on a book-signing tour?

Fist of Etiquette

Mr. Chomstein, pare down this blog. Your posts are getting too wordy for my attention span.

Methinks

Shouldn't that be "My Assault on Reason", by Al Gore?

Shame on Dr. Spencer. The scientist should know that a regal man-bear-pig like Al can't possibly be expected to burden his crusade with petty bourgeois distractions like facts.

Che Gaiavera

Yeah, CamoJack, I heard that Cow Farts are like, WAAAAYYYYY toxic to the environment, and cause, like, loads of GoreBull Warming. Oh, wait! Was it cows or Al Gore's farts? Shoot! I hate it when I forget something, and can't quite get my facts straight, but you can quote me any way.

Isn't it interesting that cows are toxic to Mothyr Gaia, but the millions and millions of buffalo across the plains apparently had no adverse impact on the planet before they were wiped out?

Che Gaiavera

You just know that Mr. Teflon was totally copying "The Motorcycle Diaries" by naming his book like he did. I've seen the movie Mr. RayGun, and you're no Che Guevara!

Fist of Etiquette

"Reason" and "Reagan" are very similar words. I'm just wondering if the former president titled his work so similarly as to maybe get some heat off of the former vice president's current celebrity. Anything to move paper, I guess.

Ali Ali Ali

thank allah global warming will only affect infidels...

csason

I began to shudder the other day..AND I thought for a minute " Hey, maybe Al Gore's Godlike wisdom is finally starting to affect ME !"

but then the guy at the urinal two stalls down flushed and it stopped.

As far as rayguns and helmets.. Yes !

ExTXBigot

"I assume those graphs you showed actually represented damage increases, which are well known to be simply due to greater population and wealth. Is that right?"

Absolutely! Very astute observation. All scientists agree that wealth is the primary cause of Global Warming (not Mr. Gore's or any Hollywood actor's or musician's wealth - just average greedy, American middle-class wealth - oh, and those evil corporations).

"Why did you make it sound like all scientists agree that climate change is manmade and not natural?... You also mentioned how important it is to listen to scientists when they warn us..."

Yes, except for the heretics who defy the AGW Church orthodoxy. Those so-called "scientists" should be stripped of their credentials and locked in stocks in the town square, to be pelted with rotten fruit.

"I assume you know that polar bears have always migrated to land in late summer when sea ice naturally melts back, and then return to the ice when it re-freezes."

Did you not understand point #2? ALL SCIENTISTS AGREE - or else!! Scientists agree that prior to people becoming affluent in America, ice never melted - anywhere - not even in a cocktail glass. Also, going back to point #1, These same scientists agree that bad weather never occurred prior to the birth of American industry (at least not weather that was worse than we thought it should be at any given time).

"Why did you make it sound like simply signing on to the Kyoto Protocol to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions would be such a big step forward, when we already know it will have no measurable effect on global temperatures anyway?"

It's true, some reports state that greenhouse gas concentrations are such that even if the whole world stopped producing these gases, it would take thousands of years for the atmosphere to correct. The only reason we allowed these reports into the media is that they underscore proof of our version of Armageddon. However it is still a known fact that if we signed onto Kyoto tomorrow (and if I purchase more carbon credits from myself), hurricanes would immediately reverse course, tornadoes would retreat back into the clouds from whence they came, rain would only fall in the areas that need it, and snow would only fall at the North Pole and in Aspen. And of course, all other regions would remain at a cozy 72 degrees F.

I don't even know how to dignify #8 with a response, other than to say that technology (and our obsession with pursuing it) is the problem. And I intend to use the best and newest tools at my disposal to illustrate this - charts, graphs Excel sheets, PowerPoint shows, holograms and things yet-to-be-invented - all will prove my point. Technology is bad - at least for the next year and a half, til we reclaim The Office.

Then the Global Warming trend will likely start to reverse on its own.

Thank you,
Pope Al Gore

Dave

My hatefilled,resource consuming, rethug brother saw me reading the fact-based, straight from mount Olympus,super-duper intelligent "The Assault on Reason". He told me that the title of that book was proof that Mr Gore didn't have a sense of irony.

What did he mean by that?

ExTXBigot

This just in...

Cyclone Gonu Takes Aim at Oil-Rich Gulf

More evidence of Mother Gaia's anger against Global Warming - or has Bushitler gotten tired of using his weather machine on Louisiana's Blacks and Florida's Democrats?

ExTXBigot

Now it appears the Shrub is using his weather machine to drive up oil prices globally, not just here in the States, thereby further enriching his Big Oil Buddies. Plus it has the fringe benefit of displacing or athe very least, terrorizing more brown-skinned folk AND Democrat supporters, since Osama came out in support of the Dems on video not too long ago.

Oooh, the wily cunning of this complete idiot astounds me!

Arbiter

I'll never forgive Reagan for firing those poor air traffic controllers who meekly wanted to halt our economy and cripple our airline travel.

aha

Al Gore is full of something else entirely. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what it is – you’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself!

Does it give off methane? Is it nitrogen based? Will it help offset the carbon?

cricket

you’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself!

And if AlGore wrote a seven part series about it and hyped it like Scholastic does Harry Potter, I might actually care.

cl2

Damn that Bush! If only AlGore had been elected instead of Bush, we would have known about his Assault On Reason earlier! I think it is a VRWC.

Arbiter

Does anyone know where I can buy some "carbon offsets?"

I'm going to buy low and sell high on eBay.

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