Years ago, when hurricanes were battering the Atlantic coast, climate change purveyors said the violent weather was caused by global warming. And then, when the hurricanes all but disappeared for a decade, the same people said that was caused by climate change (see, man has so dramatically changed the climate that we no longer had hurricanes).
Chief among the pushers of the theories was former Vice President Al Gore — and he reappeared right on schedule as Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas last week.
Gore said on Friday that two major storms in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans had never hit at the same time (a “super typhoon” named Mangkhut hit the Philippines over the weekend).
“This is the first time in history that two major storms are making landfall from the Atlantic and the Pacific simultaneously,” Gore told the crowd at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Gore (who’s not a climatologist but plays one when delivering paid speeches) said the two storms show that climate change is producing extreme weather.
“Even without the cyclonic storms, we’re putting so much heat into the oceans. We’re using the sky as an open sewer,” Gore said. “This is literally insane.”
But meteorologist Ryan Maue said that’s not so.
“Al Gore just (fraudulently) claimed without any evidence that we’ve never had hurricanes in both the Atlantic and Pacific making landfall at same time. #GCAS2018 Apparently read fact from the botched NBC News article,” Maue wrote on Twitter.
Al Gore just (fraudulently) claimed without any evidence that we've never had hurricanes in both the Atlantic and Pacific making landfall at same time. #GCAS2018
Apparently read fact from the botched NBC News article. pic.twitter.com/WGwSAlmeGa
— Ryan Maue | weathermodels.com (@RyanMaue) September 14, 2018
Maue said the NBC article “completely missed the mark on ongoing hurricanes and their rarity,” the Daily Caller reported.
“University of Colorado Boulder meteorologist Roger A. Pielke Sr. also took issue with the claim by Mr. Gore, known for his 2006 climate-change film, An Inconvenient Truth, and the 2017 follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel,” The Washington Times reported.
“Such statements show that he is not familiar with the history of tropical cyclone landfalls,” said Mr. Pielke in an email.
Gore will likely disappear until the next weather event — when he’ll cash another hefty check for a speech with no connection to reality.