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Hoisting Mr. Gore on his own Petard

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Al Gore; he is the perfect Al Gore! But he’s not a scientist, not even close. He is a Politician. Perhaps also, or redundantly, a show-man and con-man.

Let’s look at a few scenes from Al’s infamous movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and point out a few inconvenient TRUTHS.

Firstly, 650,000 years is not a very long time in the earths 4,500,000,000 year history (about 0.01%). During most of the earth’s history, the CO2 level has been much higher than it is today, and the plants and trees that evolved during those times of higher CO2 levels are quite literally starving to death due to the low CO2 levels that we have today. So too the earth’s temperature was about 4 - 5 degrees F warmer in just the previous inter-glacial period when our ancestors and even Neanderthal man walked the earth, and even a couple of degrees warmer previously in the present Holocene inter-glacial period.

But, these details aside, most importantly, in the above clip Al seems to have made the discovery that CO2 controls the earth’s temperature, something that real Science has shown to be false. The first thing a real Scientist would ask is, “what makes the earth’s temperature and go up and down like that?”. Today, about 80% of the time, the earth is in an ice age, and for brief 10 – 20 thousand year periods every 100 thousand years or so, called inter-glacial periods, the ice recedes and the earth heats up. We are presently, and fortunately, today living in the end-times of such an inter-glacial period called the Holocene. In the 1920’s Milankocvitch hypothesized that these cycles were caused by variations in the earth’s orbit (the so-called Milankovitch Cycles). In 1976, using mud-core data, Hays et al confirmed Milankovitch’s hypothesis in their seminal work published in the journal Science: Variations in the Earth’s Orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages[1]. More recently I used the Vostok Ice Core data to re-confirm Hays et al’s work and predict the end of this Holocene inter-glacial period and the coming of the next ice age[2], as shown in Figure 1.