On "Fox & Friends," climatologist Roy Spencer criticized former vice-president Al Gore for the "false claims" and "erroneous information" in the latter's new movie, "An Inconvenient Sequel." The film is a sequel to Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth," which won an Oscar for best documentary film. Both films warn of the threat of climate change, while calling for further investment in renewable energy.
Spencer is the author of "An Inconvenient Deception," a book that challenges the science in Gore's first movie. The climate scientist said that Gore prefers to show natural phenomena as events that can be blamed on mankind. "For instance, melting on the Greenland ice sheet. That happens every summer, but he makes it sound like it's due to us," Spencer said. "Rising sea level in Miami Beach. That is partly natural and it's partly because Miami Beach was built on reclaimed swampland, which is sinking just as fast as sea level has been rising for the last 150 years."
Spencer said there is no scientific evidence to prove Gore's contention that the world is experiencing increasingly more severe weather. While Gore's claim that the 9/11 Memorial would indeed become flooded, Spencer pointed out that the flooding occurred during Superstorm Sandy and that it had nothing to do with rising sea levels. "It wasn't due to sea level rise, which is what he claimed would flood southern Manhattan in the coming years," he said.
While Spencer acknowledged that the carbon dioxide being spewed into the atmosphere through human activity by the burning of fossil fuels, he said that Gore exagerated their effects. "In any event, it's not rising nearly as fast as the climate models say it should be rising. And those climate models are what are being used to dictate our future energy policy," Spencer said.