A few weeks ago, Al Gore made the untrue claim that “climate-related extreme weather events have grown far more numerous and far more destructive” in the time between his original film and the sequel. This claim was widely reported, by the BBC, the Guardian, News24, and in Gore’s Conversation with Mark Maslin.
Since then, I’ve been asking for a climate scientist to have the integrity to call out Gore for his falsehood.
I didn’t see any climate scientists doing this, although many of them were piling onto Nigel Lawson (who rightly called Gore’s statement nonsense) for mistakenly saying that temperatures had slightly fallen in the last few years. Worse still, one climate scientist from the UK Met Office actually defended Gore on Radio 4, giving a deceptive and misleading answer to a question from John Humphrys.
Well, I’m pleased to be able to say that I have found that there is at least one honest climate scientist on the planet. He wrote an e-book in response to Gore’s film remarkably quickly, but I have only just become aware of it.
Better still, Roy Spencer’s An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy is currently the #1 bestseller in Amazon’s Environmental Science category. In fact at the moment it’s even #1 in the whole of Science and Math:
There’s also a brief video interview with Spencer (“Al Gore’s favourite technique is to show all kinds of things that happen in nature naturally, and then blame them on mankind”).