Monday, August 13, 2007
Bad news for Al "Biggun" Gore
Mark Steyn, whom I consider to be the finest conservative scribe since William F. Buckley, Jr., tells us why Al Gore's global warming hooey is, well, hooey:
"Something rather odd happened the other day. If you go to NASA's Web site and look at the 'U.S. surface air temperature' rankings for the lower 48 states, you might notice that something has changed.
"Then again, you might not. They're not issuing any press releases about it. But they have quietly revised their All-Time Hit Parade for U.S. temperatures. The "hottest year on record" is no longer 1998, but 1934. Another alleged swelterer, the year 2001, has now dropped out of the Top 10 altogether, and most of the rest of the 21st century – 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 – plummeted even lower down the Hot 100. In fact, every supposedly hot year from the Nineties and this decade has had its temperature rating reduced. Four of America's Top 10 hottest years turn out to be from the 1930s, that notorious decade when we all drove around in huge SUVs with the air-conditioning on full-blast. If climate change is, as Al Gore says, the most important issue anyone's ever faced in the history of anything ever, then Franklin Roosevelt didn't have a word to say about it.
"And yet we survived."
It will be interesting to see how Al Gore reacts to the news that the hottest years on record were in the 1930s -- when there were less greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. One thing I know for sure: Big Al won't be debating anybody 'bout the above-mentioned facts and figures any time soon.