Al Gore: CO2 Increases Cause Warming, Never the Other Way Around, Except Sometimes

In an interview with Slate, Al Gore reiterated the alleged iron-clad science that CO2 causes temperatures to rise — not the other way around:

“The basic facts are incontrovertible. What do they think happens when we put 90 million tons up there every day? Is there some magic wand they can wave on it and presto! — physics is overturned and carbon dioxide doesn’t trap heat anymore?” Gore asked, and pressed his point harder: “And when we see all these things happening on the Earth itself, what in the hell do they think is causing it?

Gore has also said the following about the “scientific fact” that CO2 emissions from human activity is causing a global temperature increase (excerpted from the above linked story): “It’s a principle. It’s like gravity. it exists.”

In 2007, Gore was testifying before a House committee (which was taking a break from fretting over the NCAA’s BCS system), and admitted that his ironclad “science” — that exists like gravity — of CO2 precipitating temperature increases, is “sometimes” the other way around, meaning that sometimes CO2 increases trail warming trends. This means that sometimes Gore’s scientific certainty doesn’t apply. That’s an awful lot of “sometimes” to consider “science.”

Can you imagine Sir Isaac Newton testifying before Congress and explaining his “science” of gravity, then being asked to explain historic examples of people who just floated away, and saying “sometimes my scientific principle doesn’t apply, but it’s a scientific certainty nonetheless”?

Science is science — there is no “sometimes it doesn’t apply.” Einstein didn’t say “E=mc2… usually.” If Einstein had taken the Gore approach, he wouldn’t have bothered to work out the formula — he’d just have said “E=mc2 is a scientific fact and I don’t really have time to explain fully but what it boils down to is that if you don’t give me money quickly we’ll all die!”

If “sometimes” warming trends have happened before, not after, an increase in CO2, then how can Gore assume that this debatable warming trend is being caused by CO2 at all, let alone due to human activity? He can’t, but he does — Gore’s not about to threaten future fortunes with intellectual honesty — unless it’s inadvertent.

In any case, here’s Al Gore debunking himself a couple of years ago. Whoops!:

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