Two days after the talk, Mr. Gore was sharply criticized for using the data
to make a point about global warming by Roger A. Pielke, Jr., a
political scientist focused on disaster trends and climate policy at
the University of Colorado. Mr. Pielke noted that the Center for
Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters stressed in reports that a
host of factors unrelated to climate caused the enormous rise in
reported disasters (details below).
trend in hydro-meteorological disaster occurrence and impacts
essentially through climate change would be misleading. Climate change
is probably an actor in this increase but not the major one — even if
its impact on the figures will likely become more evident in the
exclamation point from his doom and gloom presentation. With any luck,
he might stop using all caps in his next Chicken Little Proclamation.
Can you imagine this clown being president during the economic crisis the country is currently having?