The Al Gore Effect is when an official makes a passionate plea about global warming just before a record cold wave or snow storm occurs.
So, just before the coldest Thankgiving week in at least 13 years, we hear:
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) warns sports stadiums are at risk from the “sea level rise effects of climate change,” and that climate change specifically threatens hockey and skiing.
“We see significant sports facilities, the palaces of – of sport that are at risk from the storm, climate, sea-level rise effects of climate change,” Sen. Whitehouse said today following a closed-door climate discussion with executives from the NFL, NHL and NBA.
He said the threat to hockey is that people will no longer be able to play outdoors on frozen ponds:
“Without cold enough weather for frozen ponds, the kind of hockey that you play out of doors with your friends gets a little bit harder to achieve.”Of course, Sen. Whitehouse is the same one that blamed the Moore tornado on global warming, a claim that even the most zealous global warming advocates reject.
Personally, I suggest the sports people focus on their sports and let the meteorologists and climate scientists worry about the weather.