Starting at noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore will host his fourth annual 24 Hours of Reality Broadcast.
The event is “dedicated to sparking action on climate change.”
If it is like
most Gore productions, only carefully pre-screened questions will be allowed from journalists.
Considering what’s at stake, billions of dollars, millions of jobs and, if Gore is right, the fate of the global environment, that is not good enough
Reporters must be encouraged to ask any questions they like.
Several leading climate experts were asked what question they would most like media to ask Gore. Here are their responses.
William Kininmonth, former head of Australia’s National
Climate Centre, suggested: “Observations confirm that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has increased about 34 per cent since 1990, but global temperature has failed to rise as predicted by the computer model forecasts you cite. On what
basis, other than alarmism, are we ‘running out of time?’”
Dr. Fred Singer, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences of the University of Virginia, recommended Gore be asked to explain why climate models increasingly diverge from
all observations of global temperatures – whether from surface thermometers, balloons or satellites.”
Dr. Cliff Ollier, Professor Emeritus at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia asks: “What makes you
think the present climate is ideal for everybody? There is no ‘Goldilocks’ climate when everything is ‘just right.’”
Dr. Lee Gerhard, Senior Scientist Emeritus, University of Kansas, inquired: “Mr. Gore, you keep
using the term “ever” when speaking about temperature records. Please define how long that is. My own papers show that temperature changes of the 20th century were less than what has occurred several times during the last 1,200 years,
both in actual value and rate of change.”
Meteorologist Anthony Watts, host of the popular blogging site Watts Up With That?: “In a video you produced for Climate Reality, called Climate 101, it has been conclusively shown that the experiment
couldn’t possibly work as advertised, and that thermometer results were actually faked in post-production. Yet, three years later, the video is still on your website, unchanged. Why?
Former University of Winnipeg climatology professor, Dr. Tim
Ball also had inconvenient questions for Gore: “You said the Arctic ice would be all gone in the summer of 2013. This summer it was there in greater amounts than two years ago. Why? Every forecast the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, your
partners in a Nobel Prize, have made since 1990 was wrong. Why would we believe you or them now?”
Mark Duchamp, chairman of the World Council for Nature, asked, If an increase in CO2 causes a rise in temperatures, how come higher temperatures
have always preceded any rise in CO2, not the reverse?”
Finally, Dr. William Lindquist, a Tiburon, Calif.-based independent geologic consultant, had a more philosophical question, “Mr. Gore, how can you justify advocating that to save the
planet we all live like paupers while you live like a king? Is it a monarchy you hanker for so that we all must do as we are told?”
Whichever side of the debate they agree with, reporters must be free to ask Gore the sort of questions they would
ask anyone who advocates major policy changes. The stakes are too high to accept anything less.
 By Tom Harris, Special to the Okanagan Sunday September 14, 2014.