‘Questions for Al Gore’

By May 30, 2006Global Warming

A great piece by that title over on TCSDaily from NASA’s former senior scientist for climate studies, Dr. Roy Spencer. Here’s a link to a page with his bio and some very good articles by him on this topic. Yes, he’s an expert and yes, he disagrees with Al’s theory.

Some excerpts from his “Questions”:

” — Why did you make it look like hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, droughts, and ice calving off of glaciers and falling into the ocean, are only recent phenomena associated with global warming? You surely know that hurricane experts have been warning congress for many years that the natural cycle in hurricanes would return some day, and that our built-up coastlines were ripe for a disaster (like Katrina, which you highlighted in the movie).

— Why did you make it sound like all scientists agree that climate change is manmade and not natural?

— Your presentation showing the past 650,000 years of atmospheric temperature and carbon dioxide reconstructions from ice cores was very effective. But I assume you know that some scientists view the CO2 increases as the result of, rather than the cause of, past temperature increases.

— There seems to be a lot of recent concern that more polar bears are drowning these days because of disappearing sea ice. I assume you know that polar bears have always migrated to land in late summer when sea ice naturally melts back, and then return to the ice when it re-freezes. Also, if this was really happening, why did the movie have to use a computer generated animation of the poor polar bear swimming around looking for ice? Haven’t there been any actual observations of this happening?

— Why did you make it sound like simply signing on to the Kyoto Protocol to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions would be such a big step forward, when we already know it will have no measurable effect on global temperatures anyway?”

Good questions, all. Hope Dr. Spencer isn’t waiting by his mailbox for a reply from Al anytime soon….

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • It is important to keep in mind that Dr. Spencer is an advocate of inteligent design. He states in his bio “intelligent design, as a theory of origins, is no more religious, and no less scientific, than evolutionism.”

    I don’t think Dr. Spencer should wait for a response from Mr. Gore nor should any of us waste much time or energy considering his views as a scientist.

  • L James Schweiger says:

    Forty percent of the artic ice has melted in the last thirty years, twenty percent of surface area has melted. Since it is melting currently at a rate of .9% per year, the ice will be gone by 2060. The polar bears need their artic habitat. No ice means no polar bears.

    We have emitted about a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from coal, oil and natural gas burning since the begining of the industrial revolution–exceeding nature’s ability to sequester.

    That is why atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have gone up 36%.

    Why is this so hard for some to understand? The answer is in the film–Inconvienent Truth.

    See the film to find out why certain people ignore the science and obfusicate the truth to keep Americans from discovering the alarming truth.

  • Pat Cleary says:

    Aw, JR — do I HAVE to….?

  • JR says:


    “The Inconvenient Truth”


    “The Earth in the Balance”

    by Al Gore.

    All answers are in there.