Former Vice President Al Gore admits that mistakes have been made by the scientific community regarding the issue of climate change.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Gore said: "It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law."
Gore states that it's unrealistic to expect scientific research to be 100 percent error-free. And he says the errors have not changed the consensus opinion of the scientific community on climate change.
He also states in the Times that:
- January was the second-hottest January in 130 years, globally speaking.
- The last decade has been the hottest 10 years since records were first kept.
- Warmer temps have been increasing ocean evaporation.
Gore ends his article by urging the Senate to pass a cap-and-trade bill that will be introduced later this week by Sens. John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman.
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