Gore says snow doesn't disprove global warming
February 2nd, 2011
02:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Gore says snow doesn't disprove global warming

Washington (CNN) - A crippling winter storm may be wreaking havoc across the United States, but former Vice President Al Gore says that doesn't mean global warming is debunked.

Gore, an outspoken environmentalist, took to his blog yesterday to post a response to Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly, who wondered on his show why much of New York State was covered in snow.

"Why has southern New York turned into a tundra?" O'Reilly asked on his show, which aired January 27. "I have a call into Al Gore."

"I appreciate the question," Gore wrote on his blog. "As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming."

Gore said that increased moisture in the air - a result of global warming - can lead to increased snowfalls.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Neal

    Is Gore suggesting that Bill O. is a small-minded fool, arguing a case against something he doesn't really understand? Suggesting his question is something which has been dismissed time through sound scientific reasoning for decades? The nerve!

    February 2, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    And Galileo had to put up with the idiots of his time; most of whom had impeccable scientific credentials–from the Vatican.

    February 2, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Pretzel Logic

    Anyone who believes that a blizzard negates the negative human impact on our environment and it's subsequent change to climate change is an abject moron.

    February 2, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. HR

    Guys like O'reily and Limbaugh subscribe to the Republican Manifesto and have no original opinons. if the Republican party is against something than that is what their view is. If you put a Saint on the Democratic Ticket and Adolf Hitlier on the republican ticket, these jokers would put Adolf in office. Come on Man, at least read some literature before making these comments. As Al reponded, global warming spawns weather extremes and this is both winter and summer. Check the average global temp change for each decade since 1940 and then refute that Global warming.

    February 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Marcus

    Attention to all FAUX NEWS viewers out there:
    The seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) are caused by the inclination of the Earth, or as Wikipedia calls it 'tilt of the Earth's axis relative to the plane of revolution', meaning that during a quarter of the year a region (north or South) will receive more sun rays than the other one, which explains why when its Winter in the Northern Hemisphere its Summer in the Southern one. Spring and Fall are 'transictions periods' (for the lack of a better term) between the 'more sun rays' and 'less sun rays' periods.
    Global Warming thus can't cause the end of Winter. So stop connecting one thing to another.

    February 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    For Gore, everything is PROOF POSITIVE that you need to give him all your money. What a money-grubbing liar Gore has proven himself to be.

    February 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. jeff, alabama

    Al Gore is a fake. Always has been. (served in Viet Nam) Yeah, for two months.
    Always will be a fake. He's made millions on the global warming hoax.
    Hell.....it's even colder in the deep south for the last three years running.
    Global warming my butt.

    February 2, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. New Age Independant

    So far Al's predictions have been complete bunk. And we know why, with the political manipulation of data to ensure the results match the desired agenda. It will go down as the biggest scam in the history of mankind.

    February 2, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Steve in Denver

    Gee, the 99% of the world's climatologists say climate change will lead to increased frequency and severity of storms and weather extreams as the planet warms. Now we have record snowfalls and record cold, and 2010 was the warmest year on record.

    Your're right, Bill-O. The scientists and the other developed countries in the world are all wrong. You and your two college drop out radio buddies nailed it. Particularly interesting since you don't understand the tides.

    February 2, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    I think bill maher was right. It should be called climate change (which there has been a lot) instead of global warming because unless you pay attention and read about it you can't understand what it all really means.

    February 2, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Dale

    Al Gore in nothing but a scam artist; making millions off of the global warming hoax. If he were really concerned about global warming, he would do it for free of for minimum wage.

    February 2, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Peter

    We are having a fossil fuel disaster in southern New England- 5 weeks of unrelenting precipitation from rain, to snow and ice.

    Roof cave ins, flooding in homes and businesses, transportation bottlenecks. I have never in my 59 years of living in Connecticut seen this kind of climatic onslaught- the climate is changing- quickly. Americans better prepare themselves for more extreme weather events in the future; be they blizzards, torrential rain and floods, heat waves and drought- its going to get ugly everywhere, real quick.

    February 2, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Marcus

    One question to everybody out there:
    What is the name of that book about the group of scientists that are at the core of all Global Warming Denial 'data', the one that proves that they (in the past) claimed that to smoke (cigars and the likes) don't cause cancer, DDT was safe for the human consumers of the products treated with it and a few other debunked 'datas' that caused so much harm to innocent believers because, after all, they were scientists who had researched 'extensively' in order to come up with such conclusions...?

    February 2, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The earth is rotating faster and scientist have known this for many years and it cannot be stopped. If it's not global warming then we must be nearing the ice age.

    February 2, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Laurie

    WEATHER vs. CLIMATE. Bill O'Reilly doesn't get it, anymore than the tide goes in, the tide goes out.

    February 2, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Agnim

    My gaad!
    The massive storms PROVES GLOBAL WARMING!
    The excessive moisture fueling the super storms is coming from the melting ice caps!

    One has to be totally ignorant (unschooled in basic science) to not understand that the melting ice caps, and the opening of the 'northern passage', is the result of a more heated planet. And YES! Humans CAN and do affect the life-giving environment! The more garbage in the atmosphere, the more heat it will hold!

    February 2, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Al Gore

    I am an idiot and wished I was President.

    February 2, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Agnim

    My gaad!
    The massive storms PROVE GLOBAL WARMING!
    The excessive moisture fueling the super storms is coming from the melting ice caps!

    One has to be totally ignorant (unschooled in basic science) to not understand that the melting ice caps, and the opening of the 'northern passage', is the result of a more heated planet. And YES! Humans CAN and do affect the life-giving environment! The more garbage in the atmosphere, the more heat it will hold!

    February 2, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Alison

    Of course, only an idiot doesn't understand that climate and local weather are totally different things. It's unseasonably warm in Canada at the same time.

    February 2, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. GrogInOhio

    It's been said for years now that extreme weather will be the result of global warming. Is O'Reilly uninformed or being a jerk? I vote for the latter.

    February 2, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    O'Sally needs to stop and think about the SNOW that's also in the SOUTH that never took place before!!

    February 2, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. runswithbeer

    The cold air in the US got pushed off the North Pole by warm air. It's cold but not record cold. Snow in winter is normal folks. Global warming is about the AVERAGE temperature of the WHOLE Planet. It's not about a 16f cold snap in Texas.

    February 2, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Climate change is just that: The world's climate patterns are changing – becoming more severe – due to global warming. That's why we're having more severe, colder and wetter winters and more severe, hotter and longer summers (with more hurrican activity).

    There's this little thing in life called cause and effect – and only an idiot thinks that the industrial revolution and the over-population of humans has not had an effect on our climate.

    February 2, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. sine

    O'riely is an idiot...along with the rest of them. Global warming has always been consistent with extreme weather...and all this snow is just one of the may consequences. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL!

    February 2, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. diridi

    yes, I am saying....eastern part of the globe will experience extreme hot weather....like India, Saudi, etc,. Western part of the globe is going experience extreme cold with snow weather.....the only we can win, is green energy, forest increase, wild life saving....etc., true, true, and true.....do not build homes in USA, we have enough....ones existing is not selling not dwelling...o.k, build roads, rail roads, and again, lobby, lobby will prevail....pass anti-lobby laws..immigration laws....we need stringent immigration too in America....these are all interrelated....inter-twined....each other...true...

    February 2, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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