In an article that appeared Monday in the Canada Free Press, Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Australia, said about Al Gore, “The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science.”

Why would professor Carter make such an assertion? Well, because hundreds of scientists agree that global warming, and especially Gore’s alarmist crusade and his new movie, is hogwash.

Carter also states that, “Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.”

Hundreds of highly qualified, non-governmental, non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts contest the hypothesis that CO2 emissions are causing significant global climate change. The key here is that these are “climate experts.” Gore’s “majority of scientists” carries little weight once one discovers how few of them actually work in the field of climatology.

Among those few climate experts that Gore actually cites, there are even fewer who actually study the changing climate; many focus their research on designing and enhancing computer models of hypothetical futures. “These models have been consistently wrong in all their scenarios,” says University of Winnipeg climatology professor Dr. Tim Ball. “Since modelers concede computer outputs are not ‘predictions’ but are in fact merely scenarios, they are negligent in letting policy-makers and the public think they are actually making forecasts.”

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that we would be better off listening most to those scientists who use real data to try to understand what nature is actually telling us about the causes and extent of global climate change.

Appearing before the Canadian Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Professor Tim Patterson, a Carleton University paleoclimatologist, testified, “There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth’s temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years.” Patterson asked the committee, “On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century’s modest warming?”

Dr. Boris Winterhalter, former marine researcher atthe Geological Survey of Finland and Professor in marine geology at the University of Helinski, disputes Gore’s dramatic display of Antarctic glaciers collapsing into the sea. “The breaking glacier wall is a normally occurring phenomenon which is due to the normal advance of a glacier,” says Winterhalter. “In Antarctica the temperature is low enough to prohibit melting of the ice front, so if the ice is grounded, it has to break off in beautiful ice cascades. If the water is deep enough icebergs will form.”

Dr. Wibjorn Karlen, emeritus professor in the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University admits, “Some small areas in the Antarctic Peninsula have broken up recently, just like it has done back in time. The temperature in this part of Antarctica has increased recently, probably because of a small change in the position of the low pressure systems.” But then clarifies that the overall mass balance of Antarctica is positive – there is more snow accumulating than melting off.

There are numerous other scientists who dispute how the temperatures that Gore cites were taken in the Antarctic; they dispute his claims of overall worldwide warming and his claims of increased all-time high temperatures throughout the Midwest United States.

Overall, it seems, climatologists (the real experts when it comes to global warming – or the lack thereof) agree that Al Gore is full of hot air.

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