On Thursday, Al Gore decided to weigh in on the extreme cold snap that smacked the East Coast.
An estimated 100 million people are currently affected by the bitter weather. And Gore surprisingly thinks it has to do with climate change.
It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis. https://t.co/6UfJ9Xxpq6
— Al Gore (@algore) January 4, 2018
The article Gore cited — from The Climate Reality Project — reads, in part:
The US East Coast is experiencing an “old-fashioned” winter, with plenty of cold weather and some heavy snowfall in certain places. Listening to climate contrarians like President Donald Trump, you might think this constitutes the death knell for concern over human-caused climate change.
Yet, what we were witnessing play out is in fact very much consistent with our expectations of the response of weather dynamics to human-caused climate change.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, global warming or climate change is linked to weather in the following way, though:
Scientists agree that the earth’s rising temperatures are fueling longer and hotter heat waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall, and more powerful hurricanes. In 2015, for example, scientists said that an ongoing drought in California — the state’s worst water shortage in 1,200 years — had been intensified by 15 percent to 20 percent by global warming.
They also said the odds of similar droughts happening in the future had roughly doubled over the past century. And in 2016, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine announced that it’s now possible to confidently attribute certain weather events, like some heat waves, directly to climate change.
So to Gore, it appears that climate change means cold temperatures now, too. That seems like an awfully convenient change in thinking there.