This is Part 2 of a two-part article on eight inconvenient truths about global warming, a rebuttal of Al Gore’s 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which made wild claims of life-extinction in 10 years from global warming. In Part 1 the first four extinction-level predictions made by the global warming movement fueled by this film and Gore’s speech-making were shown to be FALSE ten years later.
Al Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States (during the Bill Clinton administration), made loud and repeated claims that he was convinced, based on scientific evidence, that all life on Earth would perish if we did not get rid of fossil fuels immediately.
“We have a global emergency” that “could actually extend to an existential threat to human civilization on this planet as we know it.”
Gore and his followers preached the message that human-made global warming would kill all life on earth within the next ten years.
One likely-sounding scientific theory (guess) was that a hotter atmosphere would cause the ice masses on each of the North and South poles to melt. This would raise sea levels everywhere and cause coastal flooding – very bad news for Los Angeles and New York City, to name just two large metropolitan areas that lie near oceans.
Lucky for us none of that actually happened. And yet global warmists continue to be global alarmists, not only insisting they are right but that all humans conform to their dictates regarding how to “solve” the “problem” they invented (hypothesized). Is this a sensible – much less scientific – course of thought and deed?
The big problem with all this hoopla from Gore and his ilk is that they insist, over and over again, that global warming is a proven fact. It is not. It is still the subject of ongoing scientific debate. Real scientists among the entire international scientific community are searching for demonstrable proofs.
The remaining four dire forecasts, based on some truly bad science, form the underpinning of the entire global warming alarmist movement, right up to the United Nations’ international policy-making. Here we go:
- Polar bears are dying
Al Gore popularized the idea that global warming would melt the arctic ice, destroying the natural habitat of polar bears. The nation shed a real tear over the hypothetical image shown again and again of polar bears, clinging to the last remains of a shrinking ice block, adrift at sea, with nowhere to rest, ultimately drowning. Of course, they would become extinct, all due to global warming.
NPR followed up on Gore’s polar bear predictions in 2013. In 2008, a mere two years after Gore began his global alarmist propaganda campaign, “reports of polar bears’ inevitable march toward extinction gripped headlines. Stories of thinning Arctic ice and even polar bear cannibalism combined to make these predators into a powerful symbol in the debate about climate change.”
But the reality is that polar bears “keep thriving even as global warming alarmists keep pretending they’re dying.”
Environmentalist and polar bear advocate Zac Unger traveled to Alaska to see first-hand what the situation was and how he could help sort things out. In his own words:
“My humble plan was to become a hero of the environmental movement. I was going to go up to the Canadian Arctic, I was going to write this mournful elegy for the polar bears, at which point I’d be hailed as the next coming of John Muir and borne aloft on the shoulders of my environmental compatriots…”
But what he found didn’t jive with the headlines that had sent him packing. After Unger arrived in the frozen north, he said:
“I started realizing polar bears were not in as bad a shape as the conventional wisdom had led me to believe, which was actually very heartening, but didn’t fit well with the book I’d been planning to write.”
Unger said that his personal research revealed far more polar bears alive today than there were 40 years ago. “In 1973, there was a global hunting ban. So once hunting was dramatically reduced, the population exploded,” he explained.
- The Arctic is melting
That would be no.
Gore predicted that the Arctic ice cap would melt completely by 2014, raising sea levels and causing mass panic as surviving populations scrambled inland.
As of September 2017, the North Pole water level rose: “Arctic sea ice extent is up 40% from this date five years ago.” “Greenland’s surface gained ten times as much ice as it did five years ago, and was the fifth highest on record.”
And, for the record, a NASA study found “Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses.”
- The Sahel is drying up
OK, yes -but only because it’s in a drought zone.
Gore’s film predicted that the region south of the Sahara desert, one of the most desolate and impoverished places on earth, would get even drier as global temperatures rose over the next ten years.
The Sahel has a long history of epic droughts that date back to at least the 17th century. “Famine followed severe droughts in the 1910s, the 1940s, and the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, although a partial recovery occurred from 1975-80. The most recent drought occurred in 2012,” according to Wikipedia.
But satellite images reveal that the Sahel region has gained among the most flora density since satellites came into existence. Ironically, this is due to CO2 levels which allow plants to photosynthesize (“breathe”) and flourish.
- Carbon dioxide is pollution
The opposite is true.
Carbon dioxide “is the essential molecule for all plant life, and without it, the entire web of life on our planet would instantly collapse.”
More CO2 is desirable. Agricultural yields are higher when there are increased carbon dioxide levels. Carbon dioxide is one of the main mechanisms behind planetary greening as it directly stimulates vegetative growth.
Keep in mind that these global warmists’ falsehoods about the nature of nature now underpin the United Nation’s Paris Climate Accord.
Now that we know that Gore and his extensive team of “environment experts” – in fact, pseudo-scientists – were so wrong about so many things, it is past time to re-assess all the hype and get to the truth about our planet’s climate.