Skip to comments.Al Gore calls Sandy a ‘disturbing sign of things to come,’ urges climate action
Posted on 10/30/2012 12:01:52 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Al Gore calls Sandy a disturbing sign of things to come, urges climate action By Ben Geman - 10/30/12 02:15 PM ET
Al Gore said Tuesday that Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come in a warming world and should prompt action to curb greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather, the former vice president said in a statement on his website.
Gore cited Sandy, which slammed ashore late Monday, and smaller-scale flooding in his hometown of Nashville two years ago, noting both storms were strengthened by the climate crisis.
Scientists tell us that by continually dumping 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every single day, we are altering the environment in which all storms develop. As the oceans and atmosphere continue to warm, storms are becoming more energetic and powerful, he said.
Gore also said that as Sandy approached the East Coast, it drew power from abnormally warm coastal waters and that the storm surge was worsened by sea-level rise.
Scientists tell us that if we do not reduce our emissions, these problems will only grow worse, he said.
Environmentalists and a number of scientists, as Sandy menaced the East Coast, have highlighted the nexus between global warming and extreme weather such as heat waves, droughts and powerful storms. (E2-Wire has more on that here.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also sees the hand of climate change in Sandy, a storm that caused widespread flooding, power outages and a number of deaths in the Empire State.
Anyone who says there's not a dramatic change in weather patterns I think is denying reality, Cuomo said at a press conference Tuesday.
Cuomo said officials must take into account the new reality of extreme weather patterns, and that he recently told President Obama we have a 100-year flood every two years now.
There is no weather pattern that could shock me at this point, he said.
Cuomo said in the late-morning press conference that 15 people in the state had been killed in the catastrophic storm, and predicted the tally would rise.
Nearly two million customers are without power in New York state, according to an Energy Department report Tuesday morning, including what Cuomo said were 90 percent of residents on Long Island.
The storm created major flooding in New York City, where the stormwater poured into the subway system, shutting it down. The damage to the tracks, tunnels that are under water, is unlike this city has seen in decades, if ever, Cuomo said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said parts of the subway system would be out for days at least, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Wow, I never saw this coming.
Al, shut up you fool. Haven’t you made enough money off this thing yet.
Is he still flapping his gums?
Al, go away!
Think it’s coincidence that Sandy hit coal country? (eyeroll)
I say we sacrifice some climate retards.
Although no other admirable qualities, he is persistent. But, then, so is skunk odor.
Shut up lardass... we are going to prosecute you under the RICO act as soon as Mark Levin moves into holder’s office.
....and I HELPED!.......... (Does anyone pay a bigger utility bill that I do? Hah!)
the only emissions that need to be stopped are those coming out of that dope’s mouth.
Sandy was only CAT 1 when it struck land. That’s considerably less powerful than the CAT 5s of other years.
If it had hit a red state instead of New York it would barely have made the news.
The only reason it knocked out power is because the US grid uses so many overhead cables.
Blah, Blah, Blah.....
Go away Al...
Didn’t take long at all for that POS to crawl out from under his rock.
the best thing for the environment would be if Algore were no longer part of it
Obama was speaking at the Red Cross (photo op) and twice used the slogan “lean forward.” He called on electric companies, etc., to cut through red tape and “lean forward.”
(F)at (A)ss should lead by example.
No private jets, fly coach, no big SUVs, drive a yugo or carpool.
Until then STFU.
Al should know. He has a larger “carbon footprint” than anybody.
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