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Enviro-Mich message from JerrodM@aol.com

Once Al Gore has opined on a subject, it's usually necessary to get the real
story (sometimes known as the true facts). Here's one example. Not addressed
in this rebuttal is the fact that temperatures aloft apparently show no
measurable change, a finding totally inconsistent with Gore's global warming
hypothesis. [In all honesty, I only read of that observation in the original
AP article, but have not been able to verify it.] At any rate, here is another
side, followed by the original post:

Al Gore warms up
Copyright 1998 The Washington Times
July 16, 1998
Is there any misfortune, disaster or otherwise unwelcome phenomenon out there
that Vice President Al Gore can't blame on alleged global warming? Last time
it was the forest fires in Florida. Next time he may hold it responsible for
the heartbreak of psoriasis. For the time being, however, it's the heat wave
in the South. 

"The evidence of global warming keeps piling up, month after month, week after
week," he said at a White House news conference. "How long is it going to take
before these people in the Congress get the message? People are sweltering out

Mr. Gore acknowledged that he couldn't actually prove global warming was to
blame for the heat wave, which is rather the point after all. What he did do
was release a global temperature analysis which purported to show that this
was the hottest June on record. The mean temperature for the month was about
one degree hotter than the monthly average and about 0.4 degrees above the
previous high for June in 1994. 

Before anyone starts house hunting in Iceland, it's worth noting that about
the same time Mr. Gore was issuing his apocalyptic warnings, a scientist in
Alabama was issuing a press release of his own, playing down the heat wave.
The problem, said Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama's Earth System
Science Laboratory in Huntsville, is that reports of record high temperatures
in the United States may be based on incomplete records from the National
Weather Service. 

Those records, he said, often don't go back as far as records kept at the
local level, which can date back a century or more. Mr. Christy makes no
reference to Mr. Gore's remarks. His findings are still notable. Although June
1998 was indeed a warm one in Huntsville, it was by no means the warmest. Mr.
Christy said 1914, 1921, 1936, 1943, 1952 and 1953 were all hotter. 

"We realize the timely nature of media services and the temptation to report a
particular event as the hottest, coldest, most, least, wettest, driest, etc.,"
he said. "We will begin soon to digitize all of Alabama's weather records so
we can offer a more expeditious and representative picture of today's
'extremes' in terms of over 100 years of Alabama's climate. In the mean time,
when old timers say, 'aw shucks, it was worse back in '52, '53 and '54,'
believe them." 

Hot as it isn't, Mr. Gore is still sweating the politics of the matter. The
Kyoto climate protocols, the vice president's obsession, are in serious
trouble. The accord seeks to limit possibly climate-changing greenhouse
emissions, except of course in 132 countries including China, India, Brazil
and Mexico. But a follow-up meeting in Bonn, Germany, last month failed to
resolve disagreements over the plan. 

Meanwhile U.S. lawmakers, who think the plan would put the country at a
competitive disadvantage given all the exemptions for other countries, have
declined to finance the administration's $6.3 billion initiative to limit
emissions by promoting research on energy-efficient technology. And they are
threatening to pass legislation that would block the administration from
taking steps to implement the protocols before they are ratified by the

Hence Mr. Gore's highly publicized campaign to fend off such legislation by
claiming that there are links between climate change and heat waves, forest
fires, tornadoes and anything he can find at hand. When will lawmakers get the
message? The bad news for Mr. Gore is that it appears they already have. 

The original posting, labeled as "Full Story" (!)
> Gore blames severe U.S. weather on global warming
>  	    By Patrick Connole
>  	    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Al Gore Tuesday
>  attributed fires in Florida and killer heat in Texas to global
>  warming and accused Congress of dragging its heels on climate
>  change.
>  	    New information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
>  Administration showed last month was the warmest June in modern
>  global weather history, Gore said.
>  	    Projections for July indicated it could surpass June and be
>  the warmest month recorded on the planet for the past 600 years,
>  he said.
>  	    ``Think about it, the hottest June on record. Withering
>  heatwaves in Texas and in Florida. Cities that are setting
>  thousand-year records for high temperatures,'' Gore said.
>  	    ``How much more proof do we need that global warming is
>  real? How much longer will politicians with their heads in the
>  sand hold out for doing nothing?''
>  	    The vice president criticized the House committee for
>  attaching to the proposed 1999 spending bill for the departments
>  of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development a rider
>  that would bar federal agencies from advocating the
>  administration's views on climate change.
>  	    Gore said congressional opponents of the Clinton
>  administration plan to address global warming were hurting the
>  nation by politicizing the issue.
>  	    ``Month after month, week after week, how long is it going
>  to take before these people in the Congress get the message?
>  People are sweltering out there,'' Gore said.
>  	    The Kyoto pact signed last December calls for industrial
>  nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by an average of five
>  percent below 1990 levels by the year 2010.
>  	    Opponents say the treaty -- which must be ratified by the
>  Senate to become binding -- would hurt the U.S. economy and
>  favors developing nations.
>  	    Dr. John Holdren, an adviser to Gore on global warming, said
>  evidence was mounting that global climate change had started
>  and ``that the principle cause of it is emissions of greenhouse
>  gasses from fossil fuel combustion.''
>  	    The NOAA data said extreme weather may be caused by such
>  emissions. The report noted some parts of the United States like
>  New England were unusually wet while others were bone dry.
>  	    ``This strange pattern of weather is in keeping with the
>  consequences that were predicted as a result of global warming.
>  If you like what's going on, well you'll love what's in store in
>  the future, unless we do something about it,'' Gore said.
>  	    The vice president said Amarillo, Texas, stayed above 100
>  degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees C) for 13 days in June, and the
>  heat in Dallas had killed 15 people since the beginning of June.
>  	    Gore pushed Congress to approve a Clinton administration
>  plan to spur industries to reduce greenhouse has emissions by
>  offering tax incentives and new government policies.
>  	    He praised United Technologies Corp (UTX.N), the Hartford,
>  Connecticut manufacturer, for its announcement on Tuesday that
>  it would trim energy and water use by 25 percent as a percentage
>  of sales by the year 2007.
>  	    ``Too many in the Congress are still standing in the way. We
>  know that if we act now we can beat the challenge of global
>  warming without economic cooling,'' Gore said.
>  	    The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market, small
>  government group, decried Gore's sentiments, saying ``not a dime
>  of taxpayer money'' should be spent on advocating Kyoto language
>  until the Senate ratifies the global warming treaty.

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