From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype

New York Times surprisingly reports on the unease of the scientific crowd about Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”  It seems Gore has played hard and loose with the facts.

“I don’t want to pick on Al Gore,” Don J. Easterbrook, an emeritus professor of geology at Western Washington University, told hundreds of experts at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. “But there are a lot of inaccuracies in the statements we are seeing, and we have to temper that with real data.”

Criticisms of Mr. Gore have come not only from conservative groups and prominent skeptics of catastrophic warming, but also from rank-and-file scientists like Dr. Easterbook, who told his peers that he had no political ax to grind.

Still, Dr. Hansen said, the former vice president’s work may hold “imperfections” and “technical flaws.” He pointed to hurricanes, an icon for Mr. Gore, who highlights the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and cites research suggesting that global warming will cause both storm frequency and deadliness to rise. Yet this past Atlantic season produced fewer hurricanes than forecasters predicted (five versus nine), and none that hit the United States.

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One Response to “From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype”

  1. davidforester Says:

    when will politicians stop spewing their opinions on us and try to make it

    all sound like the “gospel”.

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