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Call it the televised debate Al Gore has been avoiding for years. Last week, as Gore hosted another 24-hour televised snooze-fest, meteorologist Anthony Watts launched WUWT-TV (Watt’s Up With That TV). At the same time Gore droned on and on with character assassinations, straw man arguments and out-of-context weather anecdotes, more than two dozen global warming experts joined Watts discussing the science Al Gore hopes we will overlook.
After Gore’s “24 Hours of Climate Reality” last year, Watts demonstrated how Gore faked a “simple experiment” purporting to show how global warming works. Others pointed out many additional scientific flaws in Gore’s show. This year, the scientifically curious did not have to wait for Gore’s show to end before watching some real science. (Video clips from the day-long WUWT-TV broadcast will be available soon.)
While WUWT-TV lacked some of Gore’s Hollywood gimmickry made available by the endless financial resources of global warming alarmist groups, Watts’ studio did have all the elements of a professional television studio.
During the 24-hour live event, WUWT-TV conducted live video interviews via Skype online video and allowed global warming experts to present HD PowerPoint presentations to illustrate their points.
Experts invited to appear on the show — who have also presented at Heartland’s climate conferences; see video here — included, among others:
- Richard Lindzen –professor of meteorology at MIT
- Patrick Michaels – past president of the American Association of State Climatologists
- Sebastian Luning – author of The Cold Sun
- Ryan Maue – meteorologist and tropical storm specialist
- Joe D’Aleo – first Director of Meteorology at The Weather Channel
- Steve McIntyre – editor of ClimateAudit.org
Gore’s show made the argument that “dirty energy” creates “dirty weather.” And, as usual, Gore’s show was light on science and heavy on hyperbole — including his claimed viewership.
Al Gore has been ducking debate for years, but he got one — and excellent counter-programming at WUWT-TV — whether he wanted one or not.