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February 02, 2011

A Fair and Balancing Act


Do you like to scoff? Do you hate Al Gore? Fox News needs your service!

Fox News science columnist (LOL!) Gene Koprowski is in search of people to ridicule Al Gore and the idea that climate change and snow storms have some sort of relationship. Via Gawker, Koprowski put out this request:

Former Vice President Al Gore told Bill O'Reilly that: "A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species." We need comments from someone who can point out the ridiculousness of his argument, even if you accept the somewhat-implausible argument. I've been assigned this story just now by Fox News in New York for the science and technology desk. I'm looking for comments. Please send comments via e-mail.

Here's more of what Al Gore blogged to Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly the other day about snow and climate change:

[H]eavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

"In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow."

Maybe Mr. Koprowski should call Illinois Gov. Mark Kirk (once a supporter of climate solutions), who seems to think the science now parallels Gore's personal and professional life: "The consensus behind the climate change bill collapsed and then further deteriorated with the personal and political collapse of Vice President [Al] Gore," Kirk said in an interview last week.

(image from National Weather Service.)

-- Brian Foley


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