Al Gore has been indulging his inner Chicken Little over global warming for decades now, but at one recent appearance, he was smacked down by a man who has made his living on the ocean for 50 years who said water levels haven’t changed since he started his career as a commercial crabber.
Gore appeared at a CNN town hall held on Tangier Island, Virginia, with host Anderson Cooper to talk about how the region has been affected by global warming (which I’ll call globaloney, from this point forward).
But, Gore was slammed by a man who has been working on the sea since the early 1970s.
During a question and answer period, commercial crabber James Eskridge — who is also Tangier mayor — confronted Gore on his claims of rising sea levels.
“I’m a commercial crabber and I’ve been working the Chesapeake Bay for 50+ years. I have a crab house business out on the water and the water level is the same as it was when the place was built in 1970,” Eskridge said. “I’m not a scientist, but I am a keen observer and if sea level rises are occurring, why am I not seeing signs of it?”
Eskridge also disputed that Tangier Island is sinking due to globaloney.
Eskridge went on to say that erosion was slowly eating away at the island, but it was a natural force caused by “wave action [and] storms.”
Still, Tangier officials have asked the federal government for help because the island has lost 66 percent of its land mass to erosion.
Mayor Eskridge has asked the feds to build a seawall to prevent or limit more erosion.
Gore also asked the mayor if he has seen a larger number of storms since he first started working as a fisherman.
“Have [the storms] increased any?” Gore asked.
“Not really,” Tangier’s mayor responded.
The mayor is right. In fact, despite Gore’s absurd arm waving that hurricanes and tropical storms are increasing, we haven’t even had a hurricane this year.