We are rapidly approaching the eight-year anniversary of Rush Limbaugh’s count toward the ten-year Al Gore deadline for the earth to cook.
On January 27, 2006, Rush mentioned Gore’s appearance at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his film An Inconvenient Truth and noted that Gore’s pal Larry David said of Gore, “You know, Al is a funny guy, but he’s also a very serious guy who believes humans may have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a total frying pan.”
Rush then continued, “Al Gore says we’ve got ten years. Ten years left to save the planet from a scorching. Okay, we’re going to start counting. This is January 27th, 2006. We will begin the count, ladies and gentlemen.”
In three weeks it will be eight years since Rush started counting, and in the interim Gore has doubled down on his hysteria. The very next year, December 10, 2007, Gore warned of the polar ice cap, “One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study to be presented by US Navy researchers later this week warns that it could happen in as little as seven years, seven years from now. In the last few months it has been harder and harder to misinterpret the signs that our world is spinning out of kilter.” In 2008, Gore restated in Germany that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”
Gore must still be navel-gazing, looking for his seventh chakra, because the latest satellite data shows that the Arctic ice cover expanded in 2013 50% beyond 2012 levels, growing to record levels for the second year in a row. Last October, sea-ice levels expanded the fastest since 1979. Not only that, but global temperatures have not risen in 17 years.
To add insult to injury for the daffy former vice-president, Monday was the coldest day across the nation in 20 years.
Hang in there, Rush. Only 750 days until, according to Gore, we won’t need you to start us cooking every morning.