Al Gore: We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk

Al Gore’s recent opinion article in the New York Times addresses what some have coined “Climate-gate,” the leaked emails of British climate scientists that revealed the use of flawed data. According to Gore, “… the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes. What is important is that the overwhelming consensus on global warming remains unchanged.”

The editorial, a keen follow-up to his famed documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” offers the latest statistics and antidotes on climate change, including:

– “Scientists confirmed last month that the last 10 years were the hottest decade since modern records have been kept.”
– “Scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere — thus causing heavier downfalls of both rain and snow in particular regions, including the Northeastern United States.”

Gore also blames the U.S. for the lack of a binding carbon reduction agreement in Copenhagen. ”Because the world still relies on leadership from the United States, the failure by the Senate to pass legislation intended to cap American emissions before the Copenhagen meeting guaranteed that the outcome would fall far short of even the minimum needed to build momentum toward a meaningful solution.”

The article concludes with Gore urging U.S. legislation that would put a price on carbon. “I hope that it will place a true cap on carbon emissions and stimulate the rapid development of low-carbon sources of energy.”

Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28gore.html

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