Former Vice President Al Gore was stumped on CNN by the mayor of a small town on an island in the Chesapeake Bay over claims that sea level rise is causing the island to disappear. Mayor James Eskridge happens to be a crabber and told Gore he hasn’t seen a change in sea level in over five decades.
Here is their conversation:
MAYOR ESKRIDGE: I’m a commercial crabber, and I’ve been working the Chesapeake Bay for fifty-plus years. And I have a crab house business out on the water. And the water level is the same as it was when the place was built in 1970. I’m not a scientist but I’m a keen observer, and if sea level rise is occurring, why am I not seeing signs of it? I mean, our island is disappearing, but it’s because of erosion and not sea level rising. Unless we get a seawall, we will lose our island. But, back to the question, why am I not seeing signs of the sea level rise?
AL GORE: Why do you think the erosion is due to, mayor?
ESKRIDGE: Wave action, storms.
GORE: Has that increased any?
ESKRIDGE: Not really.
GORE: So, you’re losing the island even though the waves haven’t increased.
ESKRIDGE: Yes, this erosion has been going on since Captain John Smith discovered the island and named it [in the 1600s]. And it’s gotten to our doorstep now and we focus on it more.
GORE: Well, arguments about science aren’t necessarily going to be of any comfort to you and I’m sorry for what you’re going through and your neighbors on Tangier Island. I read about you in the paper. There was an article in The Washington Post, I believe, after President Trump called you up. It won’t necessarily do you any good for me to tell you that the scientists do say that the sea level is rising in the Chesapeake Bay and that you’ve lost about two-thirds of your island already over a longer period of time. And that the forecast for the future is another two feet. If there was another two feet of sea level rise, what would that mean for Tangier Island?
ESKRIDGE: Tangier Island — our elevation is only about four foot above sea level. And if I see sea level rise occurring, I’ll shout it from the housetop. I mean, we don’t have the land to give up. I’m just not seeing it.
GORE: Yeah, okay. Well, one of the challenges of this issue is taking what the scientists say and translating it into terms that are believable to people where they can see the consequences in their own lives. And I get that, and I try every day to figure out ways to do that.
Roughly translated, that means if people are seeing no evidence of this supposed cataclysmic climate change, it's because they're too stupid and need "scientists" to explain why the science is settled and the people shouldn't believe their lyin' eyes. But don't worry -- Gore is trying hard every day to figure out ways to keep his global warming scam alive so he can earn more profits and sky miles on those private jet trips between mansions.
This cartoon, posted at Louder with Crowder, sums it all up very nicely:
Gore’s next alarmist film, An Inconvenient Sequel, is hitting theaters this weekend. It’s a follow-up to his first heavily-debunked Oscar winning-film, An Inconvenient Truth. Gore said the new film will show “Some of the dire consequences that scientists have been warning us about have been occurring sooner than was predicted.”
Same song, different verse.