Is Al Gore great or what? Just so we're clear, when I say "great" I don't mean "useful" or "smart". In this context, "great" is a synonym for "hilariously pathetic".
Years ago, while trying to make himself relevant again after a devastating loss to George W Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, Al Gore made a prediction. He famously declared that by the year 2014 the ice caps would melt and we'd all have to paddle a canoe to work each day during our morning commute.
Obviously that didn't happen. It's been four years since 2014 and the ice caps haven't melted. In fact, in 2015 NASA said the Antarctic ice sheet was growing, not shrinking. Since then, other geologists have made similar observations. The point is: Al Gore was wrong. His inaccurate prediction made him the laughing stock of the climate science community. It wasn't even the first time they laughed at him. Years earlier he claimed he invented the internet.
But now Al Gore is back with a new prediction of sorts and, this time, it's something he almost certainly won't get wrong.
Last weekend Al Gore proclaimed to the world that there is "ominous" record-breaking heat and, if we don't do something soon, we're going to very badly hurt!
On Saturday Al Gore tweeted, "Another ominous record has been set. The city of Quriyat, Oman, hit an overnight LOW of 108.7 degrees on Tuesday - likely the highest minimum daily temp recorded on Earth. For those suffering from the heat in the U.S. this weekend, be safe and stay cool!"
Quriyat, Oman? Isn't that a city in a Star Wars movie? No, it's in an obscure location in the Arab world where Islam is popular, technology is primitive and "scientist" isn't a commonly chosen profession.
All jokes aside, let's address what Al Gore is saying (or trying to say): that 108.7 degree is extremely hot (true) and extremely uncommon (not true). In fact, the hottest temperature ever recorded was 135 degrees Fahrenheit and it happened in Death Valley, California in 1913 (35 years before the invention of the Ford F150 and a full century before Al Gore predicted we'd all drown to death when the ice caps melt).
This idea that 108.7 degrees as a minimum temperature is something to be alarmed about is not necessarily grounded in reality either, particularly because 108 degrees is not an uncommon temperature. The fact that it was a "minimum" temperature for the day in that region only speaks to the fact that we likely didn't have accurate records of daily temperature from that part of the globe over the past century or two.
After all, Oman is not a developed country. If California was reaching temperatures well beyond 108 degrees one-hundred years ago, coupled with the fact that the Earth was once completely covered in lava, this is probably not as uncommon as ManBearPig would like us to believe, and it's just another example of Al Gore trying to convince the world he's a scientist (but he's not).
Look, I'm not suggesting we don't need to take care of the environment or be concerned about sudden unusual shifts in weather patterns. I'm also not arguing that the world is slowly getting warmer (it's been doing that since the end of the last ice age). But Al Gore jumping on Twitter and trying to alarm everyone about a hot morning in a corner of the globe where none of us will ever travel to or visit isn't something to take seriously. Al Gore is just repeating something he saw on the news - he doesn't know what this information means or why it happened. Again, he's not a scientist. Heck, he's barely even a politician - he hasn't held an office since 18 years ago and since then the only thing he's done with his life is divorce his wife, rack up an absurdly expensive home utility bill ($30,000), inaccurately predict the weather and try to distort facts so he can scare people and convince us he's still relevant.
The main thing you should take away from this news is simply this: Al Gore doesn't matter. He's not an expert at anything and he's made a fortune off scaring people over the environment (he made at least $54 million off his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth and an additional and close to a billion dollars selling carbon credits, a marketplace he invented). Al Gore doesn't know what he's talking about; if he did, rather than scaring everyone into thinking the world is about to burst into flames, he'd acknowledge the fact that real scientists are actually predicting another mini ice age might be heading our way in another 15 or 20 years. Not only do experts not think the world is going to erupt in flames, some of them think it will very soon be covered in ice. Just so we're clear, even that theory is widely debated. The fact that actual experts in the field of climate science and geology are divided on what will happen to our planet's temperature over the next century should serve as proof that Al Gore isn't an authority on anything weather related short of the fact that he's pretty confident it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter, which is essentially the only reason why he tricked news outlets into reporting on his observation this week in the first place.
Once again, Tipper's ex-husband tricked the media into thinking he's smart, and they took the bait hook, line and sinker.