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After the hysteria, a scientific debate on climate warming

Al Gore attacked Christopher Monckton's global warming commentary in the November 19 Sunday Telegraph. In turn Lord Monckton, a former reporter and managing editor of the Sunday Telegraph, took apart Mr. Gore's arguments and the "misleading claims" in his film. We think Lord Monckton's salient points are devastating, but as he remarks, "After the recent hysteria, you may not find the truth easy to believe."

Gore promoted the now-debunked "hockey stick" temperature chart for the past 1,000 years in an attempt to prove man's overwhelming impact on the climate, and attempted to debunk the significance of the mediaeval warm period and little ice age (for discussion and references, see below).

Gore insisted on a link between increased hurricane activity and global warming that most sciences believe does not exist (for discussion and references, see below).

Gore asserted that today's Arctic is experiencing unprecedented warmth while ignoring that temperatures in the 1930s were as warm or warmer (NCDC, 2006);

Gore said the Antarctic was warming and losing ice but failed to note that is only true of a small region and the vast bulk has been cooling and gaining ice (see my first article).

Gore hyped unfounded fears that Greenland's ice is in danger of disappearing (for discussion and references, see below).

Gore erroneously claimed that ice cap on Mt. Kilimanjaro is disappearing due to global warming, though satellite measurements show no temperature change at the summit, and the peer-reviewed scientific literature suggests that desiccation of the atmosphere in the region caused by post-colonial deforestation is the cause of the glacial recession (see my first article).

Gore made assertions of massive future sea level rise that is way outside of any supposed scientific "consensus" and is not supported in even the most alarmist literature (for discussion and references, see below).

Gore incorrectly implied that a Peruvian glacier's retreat is due to global warming, while ignoring the fact that the region has been cooling since the 1930s and other glaciers in South America are advancing (see Polissar et al., 2005, for an interesting discussion of glaciers in the tropical Andes).

Gore blamed global warming for water loss in Africa's Lake Chad, though NASA scientists had concluded that local water-use and grazing are probably to blame (Foley and Coe, 2001).

Gore inaccurately said polar bears are drowning in significant numbers due to melting ice when in fact 11 of the 13 main groups in Canada are thriving, and there is evidence that the only groups that are not thriving are in a region of the Arctic that has cooled (Taylor, 2006).

Gore did not tell viewers that the 48 scientists whom he quoted as having accused President Bush of distorting science were part of a political advocacy group set up to support the Democrat Presidential candidate, John Kerry, in 2004.

Lord Monckton asserts that "the atrocious economic, political and environmental cost of the high-tax, zero-freedom, bureaucratic centrism" implicit in Gore's and the Stern report's calls to action will kill people. If followed, they will devastate Britain.

Thanks to Barrie Lees, Thomas Lifson, and American Thinker for bringing this to our attention. Here in a pdf file is Lord Monckton's complete response.

Meanwhile, wasting time on phantom terrors, we fail to face real threats.