People in the Northeast have been digging out from blizzard after blizzard this winter, leading many people, surely including some of those snowbound folks, to think the threat of global warming is over. Well, think again says the man repsonsible for spreading the word about climate change -- Al Gore.
Writing an Op-Ed for The New York Times on Sunday, Gore said all lof that snow is a sign of -- you guessed it -- global warming. He points out that we just experienced our second warmest January in the 130 years since they started keeping those types of records.
He said don't be fooled by what you're seeing falling from the sky:
The heavy snowfalls this month have been used as fodder for ridicule by those who argue that global warming is a myth, yet scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere — thus causing heavier downfalls of both rain and snow in particular regions, including the Northeastern United States. Just as it’s important not to miss the forest for the trees, neither should we miss the climate for the snowstorm.
He is calling on Congress to act. The House has already passed a cap-and-trade bill, and this week the Senate will consider a similar bill. The former Vice President writes that senators must approve it -- or face voter wrath:
We have overcome existential threats before. Winston Churchill is widely quoted as having said, “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes, you must do what is required.” Now is that time. Public officials must rise to this challenge by doing what is required; and the public must demand that they do so — or must replace them.