Al Gore Blames Increased Snow on Global Warming
The former Vice President says the recent big snow storms are an indication of climate change.
Parts of the Northeast were slammed by a big snowstorm last Friday, causing power outages, school closings, and round-the-clock plowing. To some, it was just your average February snow storm, but to Al Gore, storms like this mean much more.
The former vice president is blaming the heavy snowfall on global warming, saying it’s the reason we’ve been getting hit so hard this winter.
He wrote in an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times on Saturday, “Scientists have long pointed out that warmer global temperatures have been increasing the rate of evaporation from the oceans, putting significantly more moisture into the atmosphere — thus causing heavier downfalls of both rain and snow in particular regions, including the Northeastern United States.”
Gore continues to say that the warmer global temperatures are triggered by the pollutants man has been releasing into the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide and the emissions from burning coal, oil, and natural gas. The only way to slow down this harmful process, Gore says, is to convince world leaders to pass laws to reduce harmful emissions.
For the U.S., that means our government should “pass a law establishing a cost for global warming pollution,” Gore writes. “I hope that it will place a true cap on carbon emissions and stimulate the rapid development of low-carbon sources of energy.” (The New York Times)