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Climate Depot Exclusive: It is the Scientist who has the explaining to do -- not Gore

Brochure reveals Gore accurately cited scientist’s prediction of ice-free Arctic

By —— Bio and Archives--December 15, 2009

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[Morano Statement: No, hell has not frozen over (but is extremely cold here in Copenhagen). Climate Depot’s defense of Gore’s version of events is part of Climate Depot’s role to meet and exceed the journalistic standards practiced by much of the media when it comes to global warming reporting. Based upon the evidence, it now appears that Gore may be owed an apology or at least a detailed explanation by Professor Maslowski. ]

COPENHAGEN - Al Gore’s citation of a scientist predicting an ice-free Arctic within a decade appears to have been accurate. It appears the scientist Gore cited, Dr. Wieslav Maslowski, did in fact make this prediction and it was published on December 2, 2009 by the Danish Climate Institute, lending support to Gore’s claim that the “figures are fresh.”

On December 14, former Vice President Al Gore told the UN climate summit that the Arctic could be ice free within a decade. “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years,” Gore said.

But Dr. Maslowski essentially threw Gore under the bus, according to a December 15, 2009 article in the UK Times:

“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. Maslowski as a ‘ballpark figure’ several years ago in a conversation with Mr. Gore.” The UK Times characterized it as Gore’s “embarrassing error.”

But Climate Depot has obtained a handout on the Arctic that is being distributed by the Danish government that cites Dr. Maslowski’s Arctic modeling and it appears to vindicate Gore’s citation of Dr. Maslowski. The December 2, 2009 handout, published by the Danish Climate Centre is entitled “FreshNor The freshwater budget of the Nordic Seas.”


See: Climate Depot Arctic Fact Sheet - Get the latest peer-reviewed studies and analysis

Media Charged with Performing ‘Climate Porn’ on Arctic Ice Shipping Claims—Sept. 14, 2009

UK Met Office: Arctic Ice Changes ‘Could Easily be Due to Natural Fluctuations in the Weather’ - Feb. 11, 2009

Arctic Ice Changes in past 3 years due to ‘shifting winds’ - The Star Canada - July 28, 2009

Danish Meteorological Institute records show: No Arctic Warming Since 1958! - ‘Arctic was warmer in the 1940s than now’ - May 13, 2009

Senate Report on Arctic & Polar Bears: Scientists and Recent Studies Cast Challenge Man-Made Melting Of Arctic Claims - Jan. 30, 2008

New Peer-Reviewed Study Shows Arctic COOLING Over last 1500 years! - Feb 5, 2008 - Published in Climate Dynamics on 30 January 2008

UK Met Office: Arctic Ice Changes ‘Could Easily be Due to Natural Fluctuations in the Weather’ - Feb. 11, 2009

A NASA study published in the peer-reviewed journal Geophysical Research Letters on October 4, 2007 found “unusual winds” in the Arctic blew “older thicker” ice to warmer southern waters

Arctic sea Ice GROWS by ‘area one and a half times the size of Texas’—Sept. 20, 2009

NYT: ‘Spread of Thicker Arctic Ice Seen Last Summer’—‘A substantial expansion of the extent of ‘second year ice’ - Oct. 6, 2009

Antarctic Summer Ice Melt at ‘lowest ever recorded in the satellite history’—Oct. 6, 2009

For more Arctic studies debunking alarmist climate model predictions, see here.

Marc Morano -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Mr. Morano is the former communications director for the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and former advisor and speechwriter for Sen.James Inhofe. Morano’s Climate Deportis a special project of

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