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The ice-free lie – fact check confirms scaremongering

The ice-free lie – fact check confirms scaremongering

It was his best-known inflammatory speech: in 2009, former US Vice President Al Gore warned that the Arctic could lose all or part of its ice in the summer months within five to seven years. In 2022 the ice will still be there…

Rene Rabeder
14. August 2022 14:27

After working in the White House, Al Gore (now 74) devoted his time to fighting climate change. In his 2006 Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, he warned of the coming effects of climate change on the Arctic ice cap. But how far away is this “truth”? Fact checkers took a closer look.

“No, it’s still cold”

“The North Pole will be ice-free in the summer by 2013 because global warming is man-made”, this quote is currently haunting all social media again. A photo below the quote shows a man covered in ice, with more ice in the background and the text “2021 nope it’s still cold!” (No, it’s still cold)

In fact, according to PolitiFact’s fact-checkers, Gore put it this way in his infamous speech: “Some of the models, according to Dr. Maslowski points out that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap could be completely ice-free during a few summer months within the next five to seven years.” A day after the speech, this Maslowski told the London Times that it was unclear “how that number came about… I would never attempt to estimate the probability of anything that precise.”

statement was made repeatedly

Gore’s office later admitted that the 75% figure from Dr. Maslowski was used as an ‘approximate number’ in a conversation with Mr. Gore a few years ago”. Gore made similar statements about Arctic ice in his 2007 Nobel Prize speech, and in 2008 he was filmed in a video at the opening of a German museum saying that “in five years, the entire north polar ice cap could be completely gone.”

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