Al Gore rebuts Palin’s climate change claims

December 10, 2009 at 10:36 AM 1 comment

A former vice president and a former vice presidential nominee are engaged in a public battle over climate change, a tiff sparked by Sarah Palin’s op-ed in Wednesday’s Washington Post and furthered by Al Gore’s rebuttal on MSNBC.

In a piece titled “Copenhagen’s Political Science,” the former Alaska governor charged that “leading climate ‘experts'” have “destroyed records, manipulated data to ‘hide the decline’ in global temperatures, and tried to silence their critics by preventing them from publishing in peer-reviewed journals.”

Gore bit back during an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to air Wednesday afternoon. The former presidential candidate said “the deniers are persisting in an era of unreality. The entire North Polar ice cap is disappearing before our eyes … what do they think is happening?”

Palin was referring to correspondence between some of the world’s leading climate scientists. The e-mails were recently stolen from Britain’s University of East Anglia and leaked on the Internet. Skeptics of man-made global warming say the e-mails prove that scientists have been conspiring to hide evidence about climate change.

Last week, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, said the issue raised by the e-mails was serious and would be looked at in detail. Palin also took to Facebook to allege that concerns over global warming are “doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood.”

Gore said Wednesday that the scientific community has worked intensively on the issue for twenty years. “It’s a principle in physics,” he told Mitchell. “It’s like gravity, it exists.”

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  • 1. Mike  |  December 10, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Ye gads, this is hilarious.

    Palin is obviously parroting talking points made by others (for one, she clearly has no idea what the “decline” is in “hide the decline”). And Gore’s scientific illiteracy is simply beyond belief (latest example: the interior of the earth “a few million degrees”? Yikes).

    And a public battle between *those* two on the major scientific issue of our time is considered news? That tells me more about the media than it does about climate change. Give me McIntyre vs. Mann or Schmidt vs. Pielke (Jr. or Sr.) or even Monbiot vs. Monckton, but not those two.

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