Gore says snow doesn't disprove global warming
February 2nd, 2011
02:32 PM ET
12 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.

Filed under: Al Gore • Global Warming
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. dennis

    Dear Mr. Gore, God is in Control of His Creation, your Science pales to His, as He knows in Full, and you and all your Brainiacs know only in part.

    February 2, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Did anyone actually expected him to say anything different?

    February 2, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. GonzoinHouston

    One of the results in rapid climate change is more erratic and extreme weather conditions. You don't see global warming as it happens any more than you see the hour hand of a clock moving. But over time you have to admit it happened. Unless you're a loyal conservative, of course.

    February 2, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Ian

    Why do people assume "more snow = more cold"? Use your head, people...

    February 2, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. CedarRapids

    Too funny.
    A 100 years of records is not enough for people to accept warming is happening but apparently a bad winter is enough for them to say its not.

    February 2, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Huh. Increased snowfall proves global warming theory. Imagine that.

    Next Gore will be claiming the massive wins by republicans in November proves democrats are more in touch with the average American.

    (I'm surprised Gore didn't mention the new catchphrase, "climate change". Pseudo-science for pseudo intellectuals.)

    February 2, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Republicans = Fascists

    I want to see Bill O'Reilly's report cards from junior high and high school. He obviously must have gotten F's.

    February 2, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Vigla

    Global warming is a trend, folks. In addition, freaky weather was always a result of global warming.

    February 2, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. cf

    People need to learn the difference between "climate" and "weather," and between "global" and "regional." Saying there is no global warming because it happens to be a cold winter here, is like saying there's no such thing as cancer because you happen to find one cancer patient on a good day.

    February 2, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. nobody special

    Bill O'Reilly is an idiot.

    February 2, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. rapid 14

    Al Gore needs to be committed. There is no hope for this man. Al Gore has been lying about Global Warming for 20 years now. How do you help the mentally insane? Liberal leftist nutcase? Liberals have mental defects. Facts, truth, evidence means nothing to these idiots.

    February 2, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. ItsTooComplicated

    I'm not sure why the anti-science crowd (O'Reilly doesn't know what causes the tides to rise and fall) has so much trouble understanding that global warming causes weather EXTREMES. O'Reilly wasn't cracking on Gore when there were record-breaking heat waves last summer, was he?

    February 2, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Reilly? Mr. Tide-goes-in-tide-goes-out who concludes it must be the invisible man in the sky with his magic powers? Complete nonsense. The GOP's appointment of people like Shimkus, who literallky quoted the Bible during a congressional hearing as proof that man and our toxic abuse of our environment can't be affecting the climate, that only God can, is part of this giant joke. The myopic GOP and their myopic puppetmaster corporate interests don't give a rat's pink patoot what happens to future generations, no matter them pretending to be concerned about "the children" and "our grandchildren." They're in it for whatever they can suck out of you and the planet while they're alive and if it means rampant cancer in a community or destruction of rare species important to ecological balance or pollution that causes climate change to become more violent, then so be it. They'll have lived the life of reilly and won't be around for the mess anyway.

    February 2, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. patNY

    O'Reilly then stated the jury is still out on whether cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, citing scientific reports from the cig companies own scientist from the 1950s...kinda like the same pseudo-science pig crap global warming deniers cite to these days.

    February 2, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Of course it doesn't and Gore invented the Internet as well.
    Hey but no surprise.....he is "A typical" of all Progressives!
    They "think" they know everything but have no common sense
    about Anything!

    February 2, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. mary fox

    why do lpeople need to show their ignorance of science by trying to debunk global climate change? if you read the rest of gore's explanation you will see how scientists' link warmer sea temperatures to more moisture in the air leading to heavier snow amounts, stronger tyhoons like the category 5 yasi that just hit austarlia and the devastating floods in queensland. probably the same peple that doubt evolution and question gravity becasue it is only a theory. critical thinking people...please

    February 2, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Greg

    What a CROCK!! HA! Gore is such a lame-a$$ psudo-scientist. He has no clue what he is really talking about and his motives are politcal...always have been...

    February 2, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. gt

    sorry al ... you are a joke.....

    February 2, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. hagoth

    What annoys me most about Al Gore is he always talks about this consensus of scientists as if they were all in his backyard, and for some reason they had all the scientific authority. Then he compares people who disagree with him to crazy people who don't think the moon landing happened. It's a slimy tactic to make your point. Do you really understand the cause and effects of every weather system on the planet?

    February 2, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Barking Alien

    What is more important is what is happening to the polar ice caps and glaciers. They are melting at an astonishing rate. The amount of snow may vary from year to year. It's numbskulls like O'Reilly and his followers that distort science and come to irrational conclusions that are the true danger.

    February 2, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. ficheye

    It continues to amaze me that anyone thinks that climate change is not real because it's snowing heavily somewhere. The forces that have been set into motion ( you pick the cause, please) don't cause PLANETARY warming of the same amount everywhere. It causes destabilization of the worlds weather patterns resulting in crazy weather of all types. Thinking that because it's snowing in some area of the world means that global warming isn't happening is really myopic, uninformed thinking.

    February 2, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Gary TX

    So, Al, you're trying to explain to FOX .. ummm you'd be better of and easier done picking 6 numbers for the lotto

    February 2, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. SuburbanBob

    Just because it rains in the desert once a year, doesn't mean it isn't a desert.... But heck, Bill knows that...

    February 2, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. paul

    The tide comes in, the tide goes out!!!!!! O'reilly is a little short on scientific knowledge. But, hey, it's FOX News, what would you expect. Their listeners pay big bucks to keep hearing the same old attacks on scientific principles or anything anti-administration. He is simply catering to his audience and laughing all the way to the bank. Those "challenged" enough not to see through his smokescreen will continue to financially support his show.

    February 2, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Rick

    O'Reilly is a retard. He has made ignorant statements in the past and has denied he ever made them. He once claimed a WWII massacre was committed by American Troops at Malmedy when it was actually committed by German Troops and he never apologized. Gore has 30,000 scientists backing him, O'Reilly has nobody other than Fox News backing him.

    February 2, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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