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NEW ORLEANS -- A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a
gross alarmist" for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global
"He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of
things. I think he's doing a great disservice and he doesn't know
what he's talking about," Dr. William Gray said in an interview with
The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New
Orleans, where he delivered the closing speech.
A spokeswoman said Gore was on a flight from Washington, D.C., to
Nashville; he did not immediately respond to Gray's comments.
Gray, an emeritus professor at the atmospheric science department
at Colorado State University, has long railed against the theory that
heat-trapping gases generated by human activity are causing the world
Over the past 24 years, Gray, 77, has become known as America's
most reliable hurricane forecaster; recently, his mentee, Philip
Klotzbach, has begun doing the bulk of the forecasting work.
Gray's statements came the same day the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change approved a report that concludes the world will face
dire consequences to food and water supplies, along with increased
flooding and other dramatic weather events, unless nations adapt to
Rather than global warming, Gray believes a recent uptick in
strong hurricanes is part of a multi-decade trend of alternating busy
and slow periods related to ocean circulation patterns. Contrary to
mainstream thinking, Gray believes ocean temperatures are going to
drop in the next five to 10 years.
Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," has helped fuel media
attention on global warming.
Kerry Emanuel, an MIT professor who had feuded with Gray over
global warming, said Gray has wrongly "dug (his) heels in" even
though there is ample evidence the world is getting hotter.
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