Cool it, Al!

If one believed everything Al Gore had to say about climate change, there’d be no need to be interested in Orlando condos, since he says Chicago will be about as warm in a decade or so, anyway, while Florida will be largely underwater. Don’t believe the hype? Hey, not even the very liberal New York Times can swallow everything Al Gore’s selling these days!

In an article by William J. Broad, several middle-of-the-road scientists are stepping forward to give Al Gore a clear message on global warming: chill out, dude!

Here are some of the more salient quotes:

* Don J. Easterbrook, an emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University: “I don’t want to pick on Al Gore, but there are a lot of inaccuracies in the statements we are seeing, and we have to temper that with real data.”

* Kevin Vranes, a climatologist at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado: “[Gore is] overselling our certainty about knowing the future.”

* Bjorn Lomborg, a statistician and political scientist in Denmark: “Climate change is a real and serious problem … The cacophony of screaming does not help.”

* Benny J. Peiser, a social anthropologist in Britain who runs the Cambridge-Conference Network, or CCNet, an Internet newsletter on climate change and natural disasters: “Hardly a week goes by without a new research paper that questions part or even some basics of climate change theory.”

* Robert M. Carter, a marine geologist at James Cook University in Australia: “Nowhere does Mr. Gore tell his audience that all of the phenomena that he describes fall within the natural range of environmental change on our planet, nor does he present any evidence that climate during the 20th century departed discernibly from its historical pattern of constant change.”

* Dr. Easterbrook again: “I’ve never been paid a nickel by an oil company, and I’m not a Republican.”

* From the Broad article: “He hotly disputed Mr. Gore’s claim that “our civilization has never experienced any environmental shift remotely similar to this” threatened change. Nonsense, Dr. Easterbrook told the crowded session. He flashed a slide that showed temperature trends for the past 15,000 years. It highlighted 10 large swings, including the medieval warm period. These shifts, he said, were up to “20 times greater than the warming in the past century.”

* Paul Reiter, an active skeptic of global warming’s effects and director of the insects and infectious diseases unit of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, on Gore’s claim that warming spreads malaria: “For 12 years, my colleagues and I have protested against the unsubstantiated claims. We have done the studies and challenged the alarmists, but they continue to ignore the facts.”

But even all this won’t be enough to calm down “eager-for-disaster” liberals, who love to use environmental panic to advance their political agenda. Even if it means sacrificing science at the alter of Al Gore.

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