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Al Gore’s ‘category six’ hurricanes flap

By Doug Powers  •  August 24, 2013 01:12 PM

**Written by Doug Powers


The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein interviewed Al Gore recently, and the original transcript contains this gem:

[Gore]: If you look at superstorm Sandy on October 29th, the ocean water east of New Jersey was nine degrees fahrenheit above average. That’s what put so much more energy into that storm. That’s what put so much more water vapor into that storm. Would there be a storm anyway? Maybe so. Would there be hurricanes and floods and droughts without man-made global warming? Of course. But they’re stronger now. The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6. The fingerprint of man-made global warming is all over these storms and extreme weather events.

The original quote was amended somewhat after some complaint from Team Gore:

According to Ezra Klein, who interviewed Al Gore, he may have inaccurately transcribed Gore’s comments pertaining to hurricane categories. Gore’s staff said the former VP did not say: “The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they’re adding a 6.” Rather, Gore (according to his staff’s transcript) told Klein : “The scientists are now adding category six to the hurricane….some are proposing we add category 6 to the hurricane scale that used to be 1-5.”

Anthony Watts on the WaPo’s clarification:

Given his penchant for saying and doing dumb things in the past related to his views on climate, color me “skeptical”, especially when he makes ugly comparisons about people like he did below. It may be more of a case of some deal was worked out behind the scenes to salvage Gore’s waning credibility. I suppose we’ll never know, but I have asked WaPo to put the relevant audio of the tape recorded session online so we can verify that Gore was misquoted.

If anybody’s even proposing adding a “category six,” nobody’s considering using it. Category five doesn’t have a top end limit.

That won’t stop the Goracle, though. After the “category six” scare loses its impact, he might move on to warnings of a “real life Sharknado” (F6 of course). That would of course be later clarified to read “some scientists are warning that we might have a real life Sharknado.”

Gore’s “category six” hurricanes will be brought to you by the same people that made the amps with volume knobs that go to eleven:

**Written by Doug Powers

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