Al Gore’s 10-Year “Scorching” Prophesy Emerging As A Grand Hoax…Global Temperatures Declined Over Last Decade

More an eight years ago Al Gore, according to Laurie David, prophesized that unless we acted immediately we had only “ten years left to save the planet from a scorching.” The ever skeptical Rush Limbaugh put up his countdown clock (see below) on January 27, 2006.


Rush Limbaugh’s countdown to a scorching clock. Cropped from:

With less than 2 years away to go to the prophesized “scorching”, now is a good time to check to see how much closer we have gotten to it temperaturewise – to see if we should be making plans to move up into the Arctic.

What have global temperatures been doing since then? The chart shows: nothing!

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If anything, the trend is showing a slight cooling and there are no signs of any “scorching” in sight.

Conclusion: Al Gore’s prophesy has been nothing but a hoax. And because Al Gore continues to claim to the contrary, despite what the data show, and continues to profit by perpetuating the scare, he stands accused of defrauding the public.


Aside: For our German readers, the most stinging parody of the Energiewende on public television yet: It appears the German Energiewende is on its last leg.


23 responses to “Al Gore’s 10-Year “Scorching” Prophesy Emerging As A Grand Hoax…Global Temperatures Declined Over Last Decade”

  1. DirkH

    It was 2007 when An Inconvenient Truth came out. The biggest manifestation of the Gore Effect ever, immediately cooling the entire planet and even throwing the sun into a funk that lasts to this day.

  2. Ric Werme

    Whoa, did he say the scorching would happen in ten years or that if we didn’t mend our ways in ten years that a scorching would be inevitable in the next year? decade? century? glaciation?

  3. John F. Hultquist

    One of my grandmothers was from Ireland. It is said of the Irish that they are very fair – they dislike everybody equally. I don’t believe that’s exactly true but I will admit to disliking Al Gore and Rush Limbaugh equally and listening to neither. Therefore, I can’t answer Ric’s question although it is relevant.

  4. Kevin Marshall

    What is even worse for global warming theory is that global CO2 emissions figures. According World Bank figures, global emissions of CO2 in billions of tonnes were
    1990 22.2
    1995 23.2
    2000 24.8
    2005 29.7
    2010 33.6

    That is 12% emissions growth in the 1990s, and 36% in the 2000s. Just as CO2 emissions took off, global warming paused or reversed. Based on the climate models, Al Gore was not exaggerating very much. It just shows the extent to which climate models run warm.

  5. Ulrich Elkmann

    Gore…? Gore…? Isn’t that something you associate with a bad horror movie with rotten CGI effects? And the more there is of it, the cheaper the movie is.

  6. Kurt in Switzerland

    Excellent link to the ZDF satire, Pierre! I am actually surprised there are so many in Germany with a good sense of humor. Devastating for Merkel – isn’t she a minister’s daughter AND a student of physics?

    See also the latest Revkin piece (on John Kerry’s own crusade – mainly to keep the occupants of the pews happy). One comment dovetails well with the ZDF piece.

    Kurt in Switzerland

    1. DirkH

      There might be some members of our enormous state media apparatus who actually are creative or witty. If the apparatus actually lets them publish something like that, that means that the issue Energiewende is officially sanctioned now as fair game.

      Mocking something that the state doesn’t want mocked is as likely as SNL criticizing Obama.

  7. geoff pohanka

    All one has to do is look at the geological record to see what impact CO2 has on the climate. CO2 levels were higher than today in 85% of the past 600,000,000 years. There were three ice ages with more CO2 than today, one had fifteen times more. CO2 levels were 12 times higher than today in the Dinosaur Period, a bio diverse period that supported and incredible abundance of life.

    Never in geological history has CO2 been observed as a driver of the climate.

    CO2 is not driving our climate now, not ever.

  8. Mindert Eiting

    The scorching of the earth may happen next year in the wink of an eye. In that case he was a honest prophet, something he and we will never know.

  9. Buddy


    That may not be a bad idea. Here’s a chart to show the level of the Artctic ice sheet (AT RECORD LOWS FOR THIS DATE).

    Yikkkkkkeeeesssss………..So much for that “recovery”…:(

    And here is a look at how much warmer than usual the Arctic has been this winter:,743.msg21631.html#msg21631

    Europe has had a very mild winter. Surprised you haven’t talked about that at all….. I wonder why? Hmmmmmmm

    1. Gregory Suhr


      That’s not a record low, it was much lower two years ago. It’s up on the order of 50% since then.

      And…yes…Europe has had a mild winter, but the US has had an extremely cold and snowy one. We have snow predicted in Indianapolis tomorrow…..again.

    2. Ed Caryl

      Buddy, add in the Great Lakes ice cover.

      1. Buddy


        So good to hear from you:) Now how is that Arctic ice sheet coming? Not so good I’m afraid. Remember all that talk from the “coalies” about the Arctic ice recovering? Pfffffttttttttt. Gone….. Now at record lows.

        Oh….and that “Great Lakes ice cover”……that will melt in an instant. Sorry again….:)

        But Europe has been unusually warm for the winter….and spring is starting out warm also……

        I wonder what El Nino is going to do? Hmmmmmmm…….

        1. Ed Caryl

          Fourth lowest, not lowest. The Arctic ice is cyclical, on a 60 or so year cycle. The satellite data only covers the last 34 years and began at the peak of the cycle.

          The Great Lakes will take a little longer to melt than an instant. The temperature is dropping to zero again in the next 36 hours. And you didn’t notice that this is the greatest ice cover in 30 years?

          Europe will get its turn, likely next year.

          El Niñ0? So far, La Nada.

    3. DirkH

      Buddy; the Earth has TWO poles.

      1. Ed Caryl

        For Buddy, the edge of the Earth is at the Equator.

      2. Buddy


        Yes….the earth DOES have two poles. And they are BOTH losing ice mass….and the rate of loss is INCREASING.

        So yes…..Dirk…there are two poles. And both are losing mass…..

        1. Ed Caryl

          No, Buddy, Antarctica is not losing ice mass.

        2. David Johnson

          Buddy, you are quite funny. I sometimes wish I could ignore reality in the way that you do.

        3. DirkH

          From the linked article: “The West Antarctic ice sheet appears to be shedding far more ice than a few years ago, according to climate research unveiled Wednesday.”

          Notice the word “West”. That’s the peninsula. Article says nothing at all about mass balance of Antarctic Ice Sheet.

          Nice try though. Next.

    4. DirkH

      “Europe has had a very mild winter. Surprised you haven’t talked about that at all….. I wonder why? Hmmmmmmm ”

      Yeah let’s talk about that for a change. So; please provide a link to the warmist-scientific paper that predicts a record cold continental US while Europe has a very mild winter. Because if this situation has not been predicted by the gazillion CO2AGW climate model runs then the situation refutes the theory. The paper must of course have been published before the start of winter 2013/2014; we know that warmist scientists are GREAT at “predicting” things that have already happened; which is of course scientifically absolutely worthless and simple parameter matching. No; point us to a past paper that predicted this situation before it happened.

  10. John M


    I thought last year we were being told that the shrinking Arctic ice was responsible for cold European winters. Since climate scientists can’t be wrong, I guess a warm European winter must mean more ice!?!


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