Gore Celebrates Israel’s 60th With Whoppers

AlGore can’t resist using every opportunity to lie shamelessly and perpetuate a fraud.

American Thinker | Marc Sheppard | May. 22, 2008

After delivering a scientifically inept global warming lecture in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, greenhouse gasbag Al Gore presented Israel with a 60th birthday gift of custom tailored, regionally-targeted Globaloney.

As adaptable to his surroundings as any desert snake, the shameless Nobel laureate told conference attendees that plunging water levels in their lakes and rivers were the result of — guess what?

Quothe the Goracle:

“In this region of the world, the water crisis is one of the most important manifestations of the global climate change crisis.”

In reporting the story, the Associated Press offered this explanation for his reasoning:

“Water levels in Israel’s major bodies of water are dropping quickly. The level of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, has receded about 3 feet (1 meter) each year for the past 25 years. The Jordan River, the biblical location of Jesus’ baptism, is only a few feet (centimeters) [sic] deep in some places.”

Well put, but here’s the problem — while the waters are dropping, any allusions to a global warming connection are as bogus as AP’s English-to-metric conversion (which I’ve taken the liberty to highlight).

As universally accepted and explained here by the Smithsonian, since the Dead Sea’s outlet to its original affluent — the Sea of Galilee — evaporated about 18,000 years ago, it has maintained equilibrium by receiving “fresh water from rivers and streams from the mountains that surround it” to offset evaporation. But that changed 40 some odd years ago:

“Until the 1950s, the flow of fresh water equaled the rate of evaporation, and Dead Sea water levels held steady. Then in the 1960s, Israel built an enormous pumping station on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, diverting water from the upper Jordan, the Dead Sea’s prime source, into a pipeline system that supplies water throughout the country. To make matters worse, in the 1970s Jordan and Syria began diverting the Yarmouk, the lower Jordan River’s main tributary.”

Gore’s baloney aside, it was – in fact — the diversion to farmland, hydroelectric projects and cities of 90 percent of the rivers that feed it that was responsible for the Dead Sea’s dramatic declines. And the 1970 Yarmouk channel diversion only exacerbated the negative impact that Israel’s 1964 Sea of Galilee damming was already having on Jordan River depths.

Neither of these phenomena resulted from the “planetary emergency” Gore told the Israelis we face. Not content to merely peddle his claptrap, he brazenly appealed to the “Jewish people’s ‘sense of justice’ to help overcome the global warming crisis.”

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