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Climategate emails taken out of context by the big bad ‘deniers’ – Al Gore

Climate Expert Al Gore weighed in on the Climategate emails saying that they have been taken out of context.

First, Barbara Boxer said that there must be an investigation into how the emails were released to the public ignoring the information that we learned from these emails.

Now, former Vice President Gore is on CNN reiterating about ‘arcane points from emails from long ago.’

“Well, they took a few phrases out of context. These are private e-mails, more than 10 years old, and they’ve tried to blow it up into something that it’s really not.”

Of course, Gore doesn’t mention the email chain dated 12 Oct 2009 from Kevin Trenberth to Michael Mann and others where he professes the following:

Trenberth, K. E., 2009: An imperative for climate change planning: tracking Earth’s global energy. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1, 19-27, doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2009.06.001. [1][PDF] (A PDF of the published version can be obtained from the author.)
The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.

That said there is a LOT of nonsense about the PDO. People like CPC are tracking PDO on a monthly basis but it is highly correlated with ENSO. Most of what they are seeing is the change in ENSO not real PDO. It surely isn’t decadal. The PDO is already reversing with the switch to El Nino. The PDO index became positive in September for first time since Sept 2007. see [2]http://bit.ly/4HJBSE

The Climategate emails range in date from 07 MAR 1996 through 12 NOV 2009.  About 25 percent of the emails are from 2007 – 2009.  That is hardly archaic. 

The emails are available for everyone to view [click here].  Anyone can see for themselves the dates they were written. 

“If you take one little thing from 10 years ago out of context and describe it inaccurately, then it becomes a controversy without any real substance,” Gore said.

If he is only looking at the emails from 10 years ago, he is looking at the collection out of context.  If you read an email from two months ago that said that it is a travesty when the scientists – who we rely on to provide facts about climate change – cannot account for the lack of warming currently, then it becomes a controversy with tremendous substance. 

Gore defended ‘the scientists’ inability to explain what they described as a temporary slowdown in warming’ as ‘sometimes flippant or ironic and were being distorted to suit climate change denialists.’

And when they talk of ‘tricking’ the data to hide the decline in temperature (yes, that email is 10 years old), the scientists are distorting the data to suit climate change alarmists.

Al Gore has been firmly planted on the side of the pro-Global Warming scientists who repeatedly produce data that supports the existence of man-made Global Warming.  He has gone on record using alarmist phrases like ‘crossing the point of no return,’ and the world is now facing a ‘danger which could bring the end of civilization.’

Now the same scientists that he referenced for years have come under attack and instead of investigating the scientists and the emails went on the offensive and staunchly defended them.

“Is there any substantive reason to worry about them? No. Does the noise machine of the climate deniers blow them out of proportion and fool some people into thinking they have substance? Well, that’s another matter,” he said.

“This was an open process in which the studies that were being argued about actually were fully included and openly discussed and analyzed. So this was an example of people who don’t want to do anything about the climate crisis taking things out of context and misrepresenting them.”

Clearly, Gore is missing the point.  It’s not that the skeptic doesn’t want to do anything about ‘the climate crisis.’  Skeptics (or deniers as the former Vice President likes to call us) want to examine ALL of the data not just the pieces the alarmists like to cherry pick or as their emails suggest ‘trick’.

Gore on the Copenhagen climate convention next week:

“They’re close to getting a final agreement. It will probably be finalized next year after the political agreement that’s expected next week,” he said.

Next year!!!!  That could be too late.  We’ll all be dead by then.

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