Al Gore likes to talk about tipping points. But given his propensity to misleading rhetoric, hopefully we’re getting close to the tipping point where people stop listening to him.

At a recent conference in Oslo, Al Gore pounded one of his favorite drums. “We have to act, and we have to act quickly because we don’t want to cross this tipping point,” he warned. This particular tipping point (among the many tipping points in Mr. Gore’s collection) is the proclaimed melting of the world’s polar ice packs and glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere.

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But Mr. Gore really needs to keep up with the news. In a recent study of Arctic ice, (results thoughtfully translated by Benny Peiser of CCnet), researchers found that arctic ice is, in reality, about twice as thick as they’d previously thought. ” Normally, the researchers point out, newly formed ice measures some two meters in thickness after two years. “Here, we measured ice thickness up to four meters,” said a spokesperson for Bremerhaven’s Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. At present, this result contradicts the warming of the sea water, according to the scientists.”

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Mr. Gore claims the mantle of science when he speaks about climate change, and he loves to talk about the “consensus” of political scientists, but the world would be better off if he paid a bit more attention to the data, and a bit less to the drama of climate change.

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