Former Vice President Al Gore spoke on his cable station, Current TV, about the RNC in Tampa, why Democrats shouldn't blame George W. Bush for everything, and of course his favorite bugaboo, global warming, which he then proceeds to blame for, well, everything. The following are some choice excerpts made by Gore during the RNC coverage, and then the facts:
Gore: "Global warming is real and they refuse to connect those dots. We have the whole country suffering from this massive drought."
Fact: Texas has been particularly hard hit by drought, as well as other parts of the country. Source
Gore: "West Nile Virus is directly connected to the conditions that global warming has made worse."
Fact: CDC officials estimate that, based on current numbers, the final tally of overall U.S. cases will likely be similar to the number of cases seen in 2002 and 2003, two of the more cooler years of the past 11. Texas has been hardest hit, with 783 reported cases. CDC officials said floods and hurricanes do not increase transmission rates. A person may only get infected by a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes need water to lay eggs. Source
Gore: "The whole North polar ice cap is disappearing in front of our eyes."
Fact: Other sources show no record low Arctic ice extent.
Gore: "Twelve massive million-dollar-plus climate-related disasters and they keep coming."
Fact: Quietest tornado summer on record. Quietest hurricane summer on record. Quietest long term hurricane period since the Civil War. No global warming for 16 years. No change in sea level rise rates. Record cold in the midwest. Average fire season. A cyclical drought affecting portions of the country. Source
Gore: "They [Republicans] aren’t only doing nothing about it, there’s hardly any discussion about [global warming pollution]. It drives me crazy."
Fact: CO2 is not a pollutant. Without it, all vegetation on Earth would cease to exist. Global warming is still a theory. It has been disproven as the cause of natural, cyclic climate change by over 1,100 peer-reviewed papers. As for Al Gore's state of mind, we leave that up to the reader to decide.
You can watch the video here of Al Gore intone about the RNC in Tampa, global warming, and George W. Bush.
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