Al Gore Catches the ClimateGate Spirit

As if ClimateGate has not already done enough damage to the AGW movement, Al Gore adds his own made-up numbers to the mix.

Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. . . .

However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

Gore just can’t help himself. He’s been throwing out wild numbers like this for so long — and getting by with it — that it’s the only thing he knows to do. Unfortunately for him, the rubes are finally beginning to catch on to how the game is played, and his extreme assertions are now met with raised eyebrows rather than gasps of horror.

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