Former vice president Al Gore has made more than his fair share of misstatements while acting as the most visible spokesperson for climate change alarmism. In his latest, Gore makes a false claim that hurricanes are becoming so strong that a new Category 6 classification is coming.
In an interview with Ezra Klein published this week in the Washington Post, Gore makes a number of statements replete with the hyperbola the public has come to expect. His most questionable statement however was about a change in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
“The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6,” Gore said.
The claim drew immediate derision from across the spectrum.
Many joked in online forums that Gore inventing a new classification for tropical cyclones was akin to the famous claim he made that he, “took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
The Post’s own Capital Weather Gang pulled no punches in its evaluation of Gore’s comment. “Gore’s statement about this new breed of hurricanes is patently false,” they said. They also verified with the National Hurricane Center that there were no plans to make changes to the scale.
For those interested in serious discussions about climate change, Gore oftentimes does more damage than good in his attempt to prod the globe into action against the purported threats of anthropogenic global warming.
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that largely supports climate change alarmism, wrote yesterday, “Science—and climate change especially—needs effective communicators in order for us to make policy decisions informed by science. It is resoundingly important that such communicators get the science right.”
Gore’s penchant for making false statements about global warming, disasters and man’s effect on the climate have become a regular occurrence.
The cover of his book “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis” was widely panned for containing imagery of hurricanes turning backwards, the storms appearing where it is impossible for them to form and inaccurate depictions of ocean’s rising.
Other gaffes in the past include a claim that the earth’s mantle had a temperature of “several million degrees” when in reality in is estimated between 900°F and 1700°F. He was also forced to pull slides in his presentations that inaccurately portrayed increases in natural disasters.
For more on Al Gore:
- Al Gore unhinged: Former VP launches tirade against climate change dissenters
- Al Gore: Recent weather events ‘a nature hike through the book of Revelations’
- Al Gore returns to the spotlight; Says climate science errors don't matter
- Al Gore forced to pull misleading slide from presentation
- Predictions of climate change induced natural disasters falling flat
- Al Gore streams "24 Hours of Reality" video about climate change